Amended bill would delay Tennessee school voucher plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that seeks to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has been amended to delay the plan for a year.

The amended legislation received a favorable vote in the House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday. The committee can only give a positive or negative recommendation.

Previous story: Tennessee school voucher bill passes Senate

The original legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville is similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed.

It sought to open eligibility to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

Haslam’s proposal was approved in the Senate last year, but the House version was unsuccessful because it sought to expand eligibility.

The companion to Dunn’s bill passed the Senate on Monday.

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