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Lee defends Tennessee voucher program amid lawmaker concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is defending the rollout of his much-debated school voucher program and downplayed recent anger from lawmakers upset with ...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is defending therollout of his much-debated school voucher program and downplayed recent angerfrom lawmakers upset with how the state has prepared to give parents taxdollars to pay for private tuition.

Lee told reporters Thursday that he cared more about kidsthan “detractors” trying to hamper the voucher implementation.

The program would allow a family to use up to $7,400 inpublic tax dollars from an education savings account on private school tuitionand other approved expenses.

Nashville and Memphis are the only places where the voucherprogram would apply.