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Governor Haslam To Propose School Voucher Legislation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam announced a new push on Monday to create a school voucher system.  

Governor Haslam says he will propose legislation to create a school voucher system.   He had previously said he may let lawmakers make any proposals on the issue.

The announcement came after a town hall meeting with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

The governor met with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in a town hall style meeting at the Vanderbilt Freedom Forum. 

The men spoke about reforming education at the Vanderbilt Freedom Forum.  Former Governor Bush was at the helm in Florida when reform passed there several years ago. 

Two years ago, lawmakers in Tennessee considered passing a voucher program.  Legislation passed in the Senate, but not the House.  It would have let at-risk children in Tennessee's four largest counties attend private schools, but the Governor asked lawmakers to stop. 

He set up a task force to study the issue, which finished work in November with some broad recommendations, but no specifics.  The governor says, "We spent an extraordinary amount of time looking at it, because last year remember, we said. 'let's study and think about it.'"

Governor Haslam says his administration is still working on the specifics of the bill.  He says it will be focused on low-income families and on the state's lowest performing schools. 

Haslam says the proposal will be made public in the next couple of weeks.

 

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