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Haslam: Pre-K Expansion, Vouchers Not Linked

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam is weighing both an increase in funding for the state’s public pre-kindergarten program and creating a school voucher system in Tennessee, though the Republican says he doesn’t consider the two proposals linked.
The governor told The Associated Press after a recent groundbreaking outside Nashville that while both measures face heavy opposition among various factions of lawmakers, he doesn’t see one as providing political cover for the other.
“Those are two good examples of something where people on both sides can point to studies that show they’re either effective or not,” Haslam said. “Our job is to wade into the middle of that and see if it works for Tennessee.
“But I don’t think they’re coupled at all.”

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