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School vouchers could be possible in Tennessee as bill moves forward in House

Published On: Feb 26 2013 06:36:38 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2013 11:47:13 AM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A bill to create a school voucher program in the Volunteer State has been approved by the House Education Subcommittee.

The bill, proposed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, would be limited to 5,000 students in the school year that begins in August and grow to 20,000 by 2016.

The "Opportunity Scholarship Program" would be open to students in low-income families or those who quality for free and reduced priced lunches.

As with any legislation, there is some opposition.  Those against the proposal say voucher programs have not been proven to work, and they also don't like the idea of taking money needed for public schools and giving it to private schools.

However, proponents of the measure say it is simply another option for parents hoping to provide a better education for their children.