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Failed education bills to return in new session

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three contentious education proposals that lawmakers failed to pass last year are expected to resurface in the session starting in January.

One measure would create a voucher program. A so-called "parent trigger" measure would let parents decide the fate of a struggling school. And a separate proposal would let the state of Tennessee authorize charter schools in counties where there are failing schools.

The most controversial is probably the voucher legislation, which is a renewed tussle between Republican Gov. Bill Haslam who wants to create a modestly sized school voucher program, and supporters of a much broader voucher plan.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who sponsored the bill on Haslam's behalf last session, says he expects it to return in the same form.

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