NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Governor Bill Haslam is preparing for Monday night when he will deliver his annual address. During his State of the State speech, he is expected to cover the hot-button issue of education reform in Tennessee.
Haslam is proposing big changes, including plans to push a limited education voucher bill in the Legislature this year.
The Republican Governor says the poorest children in Tennessee's worst-performing schools would be eligible. These vouchers would allow students to attend religious and other private schools and would be funded by taxpayers. Last year, the governor persuaded legislative Republicans to hold off on the voucher issue to give him time to study the ramifications.
Haslam says he is ready to release details about his plan. The State of the State address begins at 6:00 Monday night.