School voucher plan draws mixed response

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is drawing mixed response from lawmakers and educators.

Proponents of the measure say it is another option for parents seeking to provide a better education for their children. Those against the proposal say voucher programs are unproven, and they don't like the idea of taking funds from public schools and giving them to private institutions.

A Republican-sponsored bill to create a voucher program passed the Senate in 2011 but was deferred in the House to the following session.

When the delay occurred, Haslam had persuaded lawmakers to wait while a task force studied options on school choice

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