School Voucher Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A leading advocacy group for the creation of a school voucher program in Tennessee says it will renew efforts to pass a proposal in the next legislative session.

The proposed “opportunity scholarship” would let parents move a child from a failing public school in Tennessee to a private school with funding from the state.

However, the measure has struggled to pass because of attempts to expand eligibility instead of a more limited approach, which Gov. Bill Haslam favors.

Ted Boyatt is the spokesman for StudentsFirst Tennessee, which is part of a national advocacy group for school choice. He says a voucher program in Tennessee would give students access to a “quality education and empower families.”

Opponents of vouchers say money to support them should be used to improve public schools.

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