Thursday, February 6, 2020

Nashville, Shelby County sue state over education savings accounts, call voucher law unconstitutional

The Tennessean - In an effort led by Mayor John Cooper, the Nashville school board is suing the state alleging Gov. Bill Lee's Education Savings Account program is unconstitutional.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Davidson County chancery court, attorneys for Nashville, the school board and Shelby County argued the law creating the savings accounts put an unfair burden on two counties.

The lawsuit argues that because the law mandates policy in only two counties it violates the "home rule" in the state constitution. That rule says any law that affects isolated counties must also require local approval.

"The General Assembly cannot impose its will on only two counties without their approval," the lawsuit argues. (continue reading)

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