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Haslam to introduce own school voucher proposal

5:06 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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By ERIK SCHELZIG / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says he will introduce his own proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

The Republican governor told reporters after an education discussion with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday that his voucher bill will be targeted at children from lower-income families who attend the state's worst schools.

Haslam last year persuaded the Legislature to defer on voucher proposals while a task force he appointed studied the various options on school choice.

The governor had previously been undecided about whether he would take the lead on a voucher proposal or if he would let lawmakers control the measure.

Haslam declined to give further details about the proposal that he plans to unveil at his annual State of the State address Jan. 28.

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