The sponsor of legislation competing with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program has withdrawn her bill. Republican Senater Dolores Gresham of Somerville withdrew the measure in the Senate Education Committee yesterday.
Haslam's measure would limit the program to 5,000 students in failing schools in the academic year that begins in August and grow to allowing 20,000 students by 2016. Gresham, who chairs the Education Committee, said she may bring the bill up again before the end of session. Haslam's measure was delayed in the committee on yesterday.