Statement from Shaka Mitchell on the Tennessee Supreme Court hearing
June 3, 2021
NASHVILLE – American Federation for Children’s Tennessee State Director, Shaka Mitchell, released the following statement as the Tennessee Supreme Court hears arguments in the ESA lawsuit:
“We are optimistic the Tennessee Supreme Court will reverse the decision by the lower court and allow students in Shelby and Davidson Counties to access the Education Savings Account program. Thousands of families trapped in failing or low-performing schools had already signed up to participate when the program was halted as a result of the lawsuit.
“School choice programs work. They empower parents with resources to find schools that better fit their unique needs and they foster innovation. These programs make both private and public schools create new and better options for all students. At American Federation for Children, we remain focused on students, not systems, and we hope for a favorable outcome in this case.”