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Home-schooling advocates debate legality of Tennessee lottery

NASHVILLE – State Attorney General Paul Summers has been asked to rule if Tennessee’s lottery-funded scholarship program is unconstitutional for making home-schooled students meet higher standards to receive a scholarship than formally educated students.

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, made the request Wednesday. He said requiring home-schooled students to score a minimum of 23 on their ACT to qualify while other students must score only a 19 is discriminatory and unfair.

‘Proponents of a lottery did not mention discriminating against home-schooled students in the lottery debate last fall,” said Casada, referring to the lottery referendum last November. ‘Parents across the state were led to believe that students who met a certain criteria would receive a scholarship, period.” Read more…

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