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Tennessee will appeal court ruling that calls new school voucher plan unconstitutional

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MIke Osborne) -- Tennessee will appeal after a Nashville Chancery Court halted the state’s new school voucher program.

 

The Tennessee Education Savings Account Program would let parents in Memphis and Nashville use public tax dollars for private education.

 

A Davidson County Chancery Court on Monday ruled the plan unconstitutional. The Tennessee Attorney General was back in court Thursday asking permission to continue enrolling students for fall classes while the case makes its way through the courts.

 

That request was denied and the state was ordered to post a message on the program website saying the plan was suspended.

 

The message reads in part “The Department is seeking reversal of the Court’s order and hopes to succeed on appeal to allow the Program to start enrollment this school year.“

 

Here is the full court mandated TN-ESA website message:

 

Please be aware that there is a pending legal challenge to the ESA Program and the Davidson County Chancery Court has entered an order preventing the State from advancing the program. While the order remains in effect, the Department may not take any further action on completed or pending applications. In addition, the application link has been disabled as of May 7, 2020, and calls or e-mails regarding the ESA Program cannot be answered or returned. The Department is seeking reversal of the Court’s order and hopes to succeed on appeal to allow the Program to start enrollment this school year. Updated information will be provided on this site when it becomes available. In the meantime, applicants to the ESA Program should consider the possibility that they will need alternate plans for school enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

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