2013 TN General Assembly
7:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Senate Leader Says ‘All or Nothing’ on School Voucher Bill

Credit tcpalm.com

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says that lawmakers will either have to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s approach to a school voucher program or face the measure being withdrawn entirely.

The Collierville Republican told reporters Tuesday that he perceives a growing level of comfort with Haslam’s more measured approach to the bill that would supply a limited number of parents of children in the state’s worst schools with public money to pay for a private education.

A separate bill for a more expansive voucher program was withdrawn earlier this session, though proponents have said they want to amend the governor’s proposal to have it apply to a larger number of families.

The bill is scheduled for Wednesday votes in the House Finance Committee and the Senate Education Committee.