The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee said he doesn't have the votes to pass the measure aimed at covering private school tuition for children attending some the state's worst public schools.
Republican state Representative Bill Dunn of Knoxville called off a scheduled floor vote on Thursday morning before taking up a series of proposed amendments.
"I'm disappointed," Dunn said. "I think we just wanted to help some kids. Umm, so I'm not going to go forward with it, but I do want to thank those who stuck with me."
"I feel sorry for the parents who have children in failing schools," he said. "All we were doing was trying to help them, and unfortunately for another year they're going to on the path to failure."
The Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the bill last year.