NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House sponsor of a bill to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he is delaying a floor vote amid a flurry of proposed amendments.
Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville told Republican colleagues before Monday’s floor session that he planned to put off the vote until later in the week.
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The companion bill easily cleared the full Senate last year, but both supporters and opponents of the measure expect a close House vote when it comes up.
The bill would make the vouchers available to low-income families whose children attend the state’s worst-ranking schools. Those families could apply the about $7,000 voucher toward paying private school tuition.
The measure would apply only to the state’s four biggest counties under a change proposed by Dunn on Monday.
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