Thursday, July 14, 2022

An important victory for families in Tennessee. Tennessee ESA Program Set to Begin After Three Year Delay,

American Federation for Children, July 14, 2022-  Yesterday, a court in Tennessee vacated an injunction on the Education Savings Account (ESA) program first passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Bill Lee in 2019. 

Statement from John Patton, State Director of the American Federation for Children-Tennessee:

This is an important victory for families in Tennessee who desperately need and deserve additional, high-quality educational options. Bureaucrats and defenders of the status quo unnecessarily delayed a program that will deliver life-changing opportunities to children in our state.

We applaud Governor Lee for his steadfast support of this program and look forward to working with his administration to expedite implementation and continue fighting to expand school choice in Tennessee.

A release from Governor Lee's office is copied below.

July 13, 2022

Injunction Lifted on Education Savings Account Program, Immediate Implementation Ahead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following statement in response to the court lifting the injunction on the Education Savings Account (ESA) program passed by the Lee Administration in 2019.

“Today the court removed the final roadblock to getting Memphis and Nashville families additional options for high-quality education,” said Gov. Lee. “Starting today, we will work to help eligible parents enroll this school year, as we ensure Tennessee families have the opportunity to choose the school that they believe is best for their child.”

The Tennessee Department of Education will make ESA resources available online for parents in the coming days.

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