Gov. Lee loses round two in legal battle over school voucher plan

Sep 30, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has lost another legal round in his effort to launch a school voucher program.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a lower court decision declaring the voucher program unconstitutional. The lower court ruled against the plan because it only applies to Memphis and Nashville.

The Tennessean reported a three-member panel of the appellate court upheld that ruling Tuesday.

Under the plan, students in Davidson and Shelby school districts could use taxpayer dollars to pay for private education.

The education savings account program is one of Gov. Lee’s signature education initiatives. 

The case is likely to be appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.