From The Tennessean
Gov. Bill Haslam touts education gains
Gov. Bill Haslam plans to seal his legacy on education through his final budget, boosting teacher pay and placing more money into higher education.Meanwhile, the governor in his final State of the State address on Monday said that Tennessee’s efforts to get more adults earning college degrees is paying off.”Our goal of 55 percent of Tennesseans having a certificate or degree by 2025 will happen,” Haslam said. “In fact, if we sustain our current momentum, we are on pace to meet the Drive to 55 goal two years early.” ► More: The winners and losers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s last budget proposalIn K-12 education, Haslam set aside a projected $55.1 million for teacher salary increases in his 2018-19 budget proposal. The money will add to the more than $430 million in recurring funds approved for teacher salaries since he entered office in 2011.