Voucher proposal open to legal challenge for excluding undocumented students

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: April 11, 2019 11:21 PM CT | Published: April 11, 2019 9:55 AM CT
<strong>Gov. Bill Lee speaks about school choice during an April 1 roundtable discussion with U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos.</strong> (Photo courtesy of TN.gov)

Gov. Bill Lee speaks about school choice during an April 1 roundtable discussion with U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos. (Photo courtesy of TN.gov)

Special to the Daily Memphian

Marta W. Aldrich

Marta W. Aldrich is the senior statehouse correspondent at Chalkbeat Tennessee. A newswoman for The Associated Press for most of her career, Marta has covered state government, politics, business, education and other Tennessee news. She has served as news editor of United Methodist News Service and features editor of American Profile magazine. Marta is a graduate of Memphis City Schools and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The Tennessee Senate bill retains House language requiring applicants to provide government-issued documents like birth certificates, driver’s licenses, or passports. That provision could be in conflict with a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to offer public education to all children, regardless of their immigration status.

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