TENNESSEE VOUCHER CASE MOVED TO THE STATE’S SUPREME COURT
The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plaintiffs’ voucher appeal. In 2019 a trial judge declared the Tennessee Voucher law unconstitutional. Subsequently, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the trial court decision. Now the pro-voucher crowd has been successful in getting the Supreme Court to hear the case.
Vouchers are spreading across the nation like the Kansas Grasshopper Plague of 1874. (The insects ate all the crops, even wool off the back of sheep). Vouchers eat up the funds of public school districts.
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The Tennessee Supreme Court agreed Thursday to consider the state’s request to restore a school voucher law that was overturned last spring by a lower court.
The high court issued a one-page order to begin taking up the appeal and offered no comment on its decision.
The order keeps alive Tennessee’s quest to create an education savings account program that would provide taxpayer money to eligible families in Memphis and Nashville to pay toward private school tuition.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Lee, who championed the law, praised the high court Thursday for reconsidering those decisions, as did several pro-voucher groups that have joined the state’s appeal.
“The Tennessee Supreme Court’s willingness to hear the case is an encouraging development. We remain committed to parent choice and providing high-quality education options for Tennessee families,” said Laine Arnold, communications director for the governor.
“Not only is the ESA program constitutional, but it is also necessary for families who need a choice,” said Braden Boucek, vice president of legal affairs for the Beacon Center, one of several advocacy organizations that are part of the appeal.
The merits of school choice haven’t been at the heart of this case.