With school about to begin, Tennessee voucher foes aim to stop program

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents to a contentious Tennessee school voucher program on Friday argued the state is acting in a "haphazard fashion" attempting to roll out the initiative ahead of the new school year as they asked a panel of judges to once again block the 2019 law from being implemented.

Tennessee's highest court in May spiked a key legal roadblock that had prohibited the voucher law from going into effect. Soon after, Republican Gov. Bill Lee - who had championed the statute as it squeaked through the Republican-controlled Statehouse - announced that interested parents would be able to enroll for the 2022-23 school year.

The announcement sparked a mad dash, as state education officials who were previously forbidden from working on the program quickly launched an application and vetting process ahead of when kids go back to school starting Monday.