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Haslam voucher bill dead

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create school vouchers has failed this session.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who was carrying the bill for the Haslam administration, put it on hold Wednesday with a letter to the Senate Finance Committee chairwoman obtained by The Associated Press. Norris said he doesn't want the committee to advance the bill.

The administration proposed to limit vouchers to 5,000 students in failing schools next term and grow to 20,000 students by 2016.

However, there were attempts to broaden Haslam's proposal, and Norris said the governor has been adamant about not changing it.

A separate bill for a more expansive voucher program was withdrawn earlier this session, though supporters have said they wanted to amend the governor's proposal to cover more students.
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