higher education

Haslam expects a lot of wrangling over the next few months on vouchers, pre-K and higher ed. Much of the debate will likely occur within his own party.

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s standing by GOP leadership’s call to bank the $554 million in extra taxes the state collected from Tennesseans, despite calls from Democrats to give it back to voters or spend it. Democrats, in the minority on Capitol Hill, argue the state should give the money back to taxpayers by […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees a tension between the rising costs of attaining a higher degree and the skilled workforce employers are seeking. He gathered with state education and business leaders this week to discuss possible reforms.

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Statement from State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley; July 10, 2012 NASHVILLE – House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) issued the following statement regarding Governor Haslam’s July 10th Post-Secondary Education Review Kick-off to be held at the Executive Residence with business leaders and other stakeholders: “While I commend Governor Bill Haslam on beginning a review of […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 10, 2012:   NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today called together post-secondary education leaders from across the state along with statewide business organizations to discuss the importance of a comprehensive and coordinated focus on the issues of affordability, the quality of our Tennessee colleges, […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 9, 2012: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will bring together post-secondary education officials and statewide business leaders on Tuesday to discuss the importance of a comprehensive and coordinated focus on the issues of affordability, the quality of our Tennessee colleges, universities and technology […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; June 13, 2012: NASHVILLE – Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle called on Governor Bill Haslam and lawmakers to introduce larger cuts to the food tax and to freeze college tuition rates amidst news that the state government has nearly $225 million in excess funds. “The Governor has […]

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Press release from the Office of the Comptroller of Tennessee; May 17, 2012: Implementation of the Complete College Act of 2010 is going well, although there are steps that should be taken to improve the process, according to a report released today by the Comptroller’s Division of State Audit. Auditors examined the efforts of the […]

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The governor has asked all state agencies to submit a contingency plan for 5 percent reductions, and the state’s higher education schools complied with an outline that would trim spending by $55.1. But their real desire is to see a $28.7 million bump, an increase of 2.7 percent.

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The state is moving closer to taking over Lambuth University, a troubled private college in Jackson whose finances have been in turmoil and recently announced it would close in June. The Jackson Sun reports that Gov. Bill Haslam has asked the legislature to set aside $5 million to enable the University of Memphis to take […]

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The governor says he’s confident the number of state employees will shrink. But reductions need to be made “surgically” instead of by slashing staff with massive layoffs, he said.

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TBR’s Batting Order

by Andrea Zelinski on September 28, 2010

Members of the Senate Education Committee are planning to play some hard ball with the Tennessee Board of Regents today and tomorrow. At issue is the board’s controversial appointment of Deputy Gov. John Morgan to the top spot overseeing the state’s higher education system. The Board hired the high-ranking Democrat last month without interviewing any […]

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