A Statement from the Beacon Center on a New Filing in the ESA Case

February 9, 2021 11:31AM

The Beacon Center has just formally asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to partially lift the injunction on the Education Savings Accounts (ESA) Program while awaiting their ruling on the appeal. If granted, this would mean that the Department of Education could accept and process applications of parents who plan to enroll their children in the ESA program so that it could immediately move forward if the Supreme Court rules that is constitutional.

Beacon Vice President of Legal Affairs Braden Boucek stated, “We are doing everything we can to help families who so desperately need choice, and that’s why we are asking the Supreme Court to partially lift the injunction on the program. We cannot afford to wait any longer. While we are confident the Supreme Court will rule the ESA program is constitutional, it may come too late for many parents trapped in the worst schools in the state. Our goal is to save this program for 2021 school year. Contrary to the science, many schools in our state are staying virtual and hurting children. With no clear end in sight to forced virtual learning, we don’t have a second to waste when it comes to giving families a choice.”