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School voucher program to be outlined by Gov. Haslam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Governor Bill Haslam announced he will lead the way for a school voucher program this year.

"We have decided in the last few weeks that we will have a voucher bill.  It will be means tested, and it will be focused on our lowest performing schools," explained Gov. Haslam.

The governor has not released details of the proposal, but this isn't the first time the hot button issue has been proposed.

The school voucher program would allow parents to use public money to send their children to private schools.

Senate Education Committee member Stacy Campfield voiced his frustration over failing schools in the state.

"We've smacked their hand, taken away millions of dollars from them, and they didn't care.  They just rather the kids stay in those failing schools year after year.  We'd like to give locals control, but when their afraid of their local school union or other teachers' union, I'm sorry, we're going to have to do something to get those kids out of those failing school systems," said Campfield.

The Metro school board unanimously voted against a similar proposal last year.  

Governor Haslam is expected to lay the groundwork for the school voucher program in his state of the state address on January 28.

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