Tennessee Federation for Children Statement on Nashville Lawsuit against the Education Savings Account Program

Statement from Shaka Mitchell, Tennessee State Director for the American Federation of Children:

“The American Federation for Children is extremely disappointed to hear that Mayor Cooper has sued to stop the Education Savings Account program passed last year by the Tennessee General Assembly. Nashville is a city where just one out of four public school students can read on grade level, and we should be giving parents every opportunity we can to ensure their children receive the education they deserve. The rate is even lower for students of color or those with less means. Our research and polling shows 70 percent of Americans support this as an option–and we should be listening to parents, not blocking their child’s access to a better future. I urge Mayor Cooper, who has been committed to getting the city’s budget back on track, to reconsider this costly litigation and think of those students who are counting on this option.”