Republicans Discuss New Voucher Bill With Governor

Republicans Discuss New Voucher Bill With Governor

CREATED Jan 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state lawmakers are proposing a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Governor Bill Haslam who favors a more limited version.

Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown said he spoke with the Republican governor Wednesday night about the proposal, which is co-sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham of Somerville and is supported by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville.

Haslam's proposal is limited to students from low-income families attending the bottom five percent of failing schools. He had that measure withdrawn last year when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

The measure now being proposed by Republicans would affect students attending the bottom 10 percent of failing schools.

A spokesman for the governor didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press about the new proposal, but he has said he plans to stick with his legislation.

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