Friday, April 19, 2013

Gov. Haslam explains voucher plan in WSJ

Tennessee Is Moving Ahead on Effective School Reform  

Regarding your April 15 editorial "Tennessee Voucher Fiasco" (April 15): I am an avid supporter of school choice. After passing the largest expansion of our state's charter-schools law during my first year in office, we began working to help design a voucher program that would fit best into Tennessee's overall education reform efforts.
Your claim that the School Boards Association or teachers unions influenced this decision in any way is just plain wrong. Both groups oppose vouchers in any form and never supported my bill. In fact, the union ran television ads attacking vouchers. However, at the end of the day, it was infighting among advocates and not the opposition's efforts that derailed vouchers in Tennessee this year.

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