Tennessee Judge Rules School Voucher Program Is Illegal

May 5, 2020

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A Tennessee judge says the state’s much-debated school voucher program is illegal and cannot be implemented, despite education officials receiving thousands of applications from parents hoping to use public tax dollars on private schooling tuition.

Davidson County Chancellor Anne C. Martin said in her Monday order the voucher law, which Gov. Bill Lee signed into effect last year, violates the Tennessee constitution’s “home rule.”

Lee’s administration backed the legislation during his first year as governor, gaining just narrow support from the GOP-controlled Statehouse and strong opposition from Democratic members and public education advocates.