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Voucher plan gears up in Tenn. Legislature

2:26 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has drawn mixed response from lawmakers and educators.

Proponents of the measure said it is another option for parents seeking to provide a better education for their children. Those against the proposal said voucher programs are unproven, and they don't like the idea of taking funds from public schools and giving them to private institutions.

A Republican-sponsored bill to create a voucher program passed the Senate in 2011, but was deferred in the House to the following session.

When the delay occurred, Haslam had persuaded lawmakers to wait while a task force studied options on school choice.

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