Gov. Haslam touts limited school vouchers

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According to the Education Department's website, Hamilton County schools on the state's "priority" list are: Brainerd High School, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Dalewood Middle School, Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle School and Woodmore Elementary.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam used his annual State of the State address Monday night to defend his plan to implement a limited school voucher program next fall that would allow impoverished children in 83 low-performing public schools to use tax dollars to attend private institutions.

"Some have said that this administration and General Assembly aren't committed to public education, but that could not be further from the truth," Haslam told members of the Republican-run House and Senate meeting in a joint convention.