Haslam to decide on school vouchers next week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program 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 Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.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 in Memphis on Thursday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," to vouchers, which give 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. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has said he favors a broader program, while fellow Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell has remained largely neutral on the issue.

The Legislature convenes Tuesday.


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