TN Supreme Court rules in favor of Gov. Lee's school voucher program to use public funding to attend private schools

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Tennessee’s Supreme Court overruled two lower courts and declared the state’s private school voucher law is constitutional. Under, Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program, eligible students could choose to take public money for their education and apply it to private school tuition instead.

Earlier, the state Senate passed the bill 26-5 and in the House, it passed 63-24. The program aims to provide taxpayer money to pay toward private education for eligible students in public school districts.

Last Month, Gov. Lee said in a statement:

Today is a tremendous day for Tennessee students. After months of engagement with thousands of Tennesseans, our state will have a new, innovative K-12 funding formula that improves public education by putting kids first. I commend the General Assembly for their partnership and desire to move Tennessee public education to a new frontier.

However, opponents of the program argue that the law will unfairly divert scarce public funding in some of the state's most cash-strapped districts to private schools. Sen. Heidi Campbell, D-Nashville, said in a statement:

This could not be worse for Tennessee children in tandem with the bill to transition our entire education program into evangelical hedge-fund schools. This is terrible news for our state.

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