Dem. Party head rails against special interests

5:29 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
Former state Sen. Roy Herron elected as chairman of the state Democratic Party.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party is expressing disdain for the millions of dollars he says are being spent by special interest groups to advocate siphoning money from public to private schools.

Roy Herron told reporters at a news conference on Monday that it's a "Republican war against public schools."

He referenced a reported $800,000 being spent by the state chapter of the American Federation for Children to advocate for a large-scale school voucher program in Tennessee.

An official familiar with the plans told The Associated Press last week that the group is using the money on broadcast television, cable and radio advertising.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam currently has a proposal that would initially limit the voucher program to 5,000 students in failing schools.

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