Chancellor Martin Rules Against Families in Education Savings Account Case

American Federation for Children’s Tennessee State Director issued the following statement in light of Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin’s decision to enjoin the ESA program and prevent participation this fall:

Statement from Shaka Mitchell: 

“This is an extremely disappointing decision, and unfairly penalizes the thousands of families who were hoping to utilize the ESA program. These families are desperately looking for options to help their children succeed academically. This law was proposed by Governor Bill Lee, passed the Tennessee General Assembly, and poll after poll has shown that Tennessee families in our struggling school systems support it. The number of parents that have applied thus far shows that this was a needed educational lifeline for families in Nashville and Memphis. As the enrollment period is currently underway, this creates regrettable confusion for those families who had already applied or were preparing to apply. We urge the Attorney General to take the necessary next steps to appeal, defend, and protect the program.”