Government
6:03 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Haslam To Decide On Student Vouchers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.

The Republican governor supported a voucher program last year limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools.

Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

Haslam told reporters yesterday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," which gives parents public money to pay for private schools.

The governor said he's been in talks with lawmakers about the voucher question, but no consensus has been reached.  The Legislature convenes Tuesday.