NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Top education officials say they are preparing to implement Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law a full year ahead of schedule while unveiling key requirements surrounding the closely-watched program.

Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed off on legislation that diverts tax dollars to private education and allows participating families to receive debit cards up to $7,300 in state education money each year.

Lee then quickly expressed support of implementing the program ahead of the originally scheduled 2021-2022 school year and instructed the education department to ensure the voucher expansion would be ready by next year.

Under the new rules, the state would be allowed to contract some or all portions of the program to a private contractor. They also require establishing an online and telephone anonymous fraud reporting service.

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