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School voucher bill will die this year
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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican leader carrying Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to create school vouchers in Tennessee said he’s decided to let it die this session because he’s tired of the “gamesmanship.”Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris put the measure on hold Wednesday in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee chairwoman obtained by The Associated Press. Norris said he doesn’t want the committee to advance the bill.The administration proposed to limit vouchers to 5,000 students in failing schools next term; that figure would grow to 20,000 students by 2016.However, there were attempts to broaden Haslam's proposal, as special interest groups spent thousands of dollars on ads promoting an expansion.