After court rulings, Tennessee governor wastes no time rolling out private school voucher program

Gov. Bill Lee answers questions about the restart of Tennessee's education savings account program during a meeting Wednesday with Memphis-area private school leaders gathered at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School, a Catholic school in Cordova, near Memphis.Samantha West / Chalkbeat

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Less than a week after judges allowed Tennessee to resume work on its long-stalled private school voucher program, the program's website roared back to life, and forms are available online for families and private schools in Memphis and Nashville interested in participating.

This past week, Gov. Bill Lee announced more than 600 families had completed the form, and 40-plus private schools in the two cities had committed to making seats available for them when the school year begins three weeks from now.

"There was an urgent need for school choice in 2019, and finally, parents in Memphis and Nashville won't have to wait another day to choose the best educational fit for their children," Lee said in a statement.