Tenn. Governor Wants Expanded Pre-K Opportunities
Education initiatives that ranged from boosting teacher salaries to driving down high school dropout rates dominated much of Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s State of the State Address to lawmakers in Nashville last week. The Democratic governor, who is in the final year of his first term and gearing up for a re-election bid, pledged increased education spending amid the state’s still tight, but improving, fiscal condition.
Among his new spending proposals for schools, the governor wants to add $90 million over last year’s amount for the state’s K-12 basic education program.
He would also add $20 million to expand Tennessee’s voluntary prekindergarten program to pay for an additional 5,000 4-year-olds, bringing the total number...
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