Senate Panel to Take Up School Voucher Bill


NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers are hoping to get some kind of school voucher legislation moving again this week.

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The companion bill was withdrawn from consideration in the House Finance Committee.

But the sponsor of that measure says he will likely bring it up again once he sees what passes out of the Senate.

Lawmakers are trying to decide how broad to make the voucher program.

Haslam originally sought to limit the vouchers to students from low-income families attending the bottom 5 percent of failing schools. Both the House and Senate versions have varying degrees of eligibility expansion.

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