NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge on Wednesday weighed a wide range of arguments surrounding the legal battle over the state’s much-debated school voucher program, noting that she plans on making a decision soon to ensure parents have enough time to plan ahead for the 2020-21 school year.
The program — known as education savings accounts — would allow eligible families to use public tax dollars on private schooling tuition and other preapproved expenses.
State education officials are currently working to implement the program in the upcoming school year after Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill into law in 2019. Applications for students are already being accepted.
However, the program has faced two lawsuits. The first was filed by officials in Nashville and Shelby County —representing the only areas where the voucher program would only apply. The second was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Education Law Center.