Tag: Tennessee and school choice

Tennessee education savings account program clears another legal challenge

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on nashvillescene.com. Tennessee’s private school voucher program cleared another legal challenge on Wednesday. The Davidson County Chancery Court ruled in favor of the education savings account program and dismissed legal claims related to it. The ESA program, which was championed by Gov. Bill Lee[Read More…]

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee calls education savings account program ‘success so far’

One month after the launch of an online portal that provides some Tennessee families with educational options including funding to send their children to private schools, Gov. Bill Lee is giving the program high marks. About 600 students in two Tennessee counties, Davidson and Shelby, have applied for an education[Read More…]

Pushback continues for school choice program in Tennessee

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week in K12dive.com. While Tennessee works to reinstate its education savings account pilot program for the state’s two largest school districts, opponents have filed another motion for an injunction to temporarily stop the program two weeks before the 2022-23 school year starts. The program would[Read More…]

Tennessee governor says hundreds of parents interested in state’s education savings account program

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on Tennessee’s wate.com. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says over 42 independent schools across the state are committed to making seats available immediately for students enrolled in the state’s education savings account program, and around 600 families have already started the application process. Tuesday,[Read More…]

Tennessee can begin rolling out private school voucher program, court rules, ending 2-year block

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on tnchalkbeat.org. Tennessee can resume work on its mothballed private school voucher program after a judicial panel lifted a 2-year-old order blocking it. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel cleared the way for Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program to proceed in Memphis and[Read More…]

Tennessee private school voucher law is stuck at the starting gate, despite court victory

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday in Chalkbeat Tennessee. Three years after squeaking through the legislature, Tennessee’s controversial private school voucher law has yet to provide a single eligible student with public funding to pay for private schooling — a record that will be difficult to change this fall. Despite[Read More…]

Tennessee Supreme Court holds education savings account pilot does not violate home rule amendment

Editor’s note: This news release was issued earlier today by the state of Tennessee courts system. In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court determined that, while two Tennessee county governments had standing to challenge the Education Savings Account Pilot Program (the “ESA Act”), the Act is not rendered[Read More…]

Tennessee Legislature votes to expand education choice to students with dyslexia

About 36,000 more students in the Volunteer State could soon get access to education choice scholarships that will allow parents to customize their learning. The Tennessee General Assembly voted Monday to expand the state’s Individualized Education Account program to include students with dyslexia with the House of Representatives voting 69-21[Read More…]