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.


Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s not in favor of universal pre-kindergarten but could go along with limited expansion.

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; June 7, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Senate Democratic leaders thanked Governor Bill Haslam Thursday for refusing to tie his proposal for increased Pre-Kindergarten funding to the introduction of government giveaways to private academies through school vouchers. “I applaud the Governor’s refusal to play politics with the Pre-K program,” […]


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is indicating the time has come to consider upping the level of taxpayer dollars the state spends prepping low-income kids for kindergarten. The governor stopped short of saying he whole heartedly supports expanding publicly funded Pre-K efforts. But he told TNReport this week that as a result of the state’s ballooning […]


The governor says he doesn’t want to change the state’s pre-kindergarten program, but wants more research into whether, and to what degree, it is working. Earlier this week, fellow Knoxville Republican Bill Dunn questioned Pre-K’s efficacy, calling the statewide program a waste of resources.


Executive Summary of “Assessing the Impact of Tennessee’s Pre-Kindergarten Program: Final Report,” Released May 31, 2011 by the Strategic Research Group: In 2007, the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller contracted Strategic Research Group (SRG) to conduct a study to investigate the short- and long-term effects of state-funded Pre-Kindergarten (Pre- K) participation on academic outcomes in […]

Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, June 7, 2011: House Education Committee Member, Representative Bill Dunn, Points to Dismal Findings in Recent Comptroller Report (NASHVILLE, June 7, 2011) – Last Friday, the Office of the Comptroller released the details of a long-awaited final, summary report on the impact of pre-kindergarten in Tennessee classrooms. The […]


Press Release from the Tennessee Alliance for Early Education: Legislative breakfast to kick off day of advocacy The Tennessee Alliance for Early Education will host its 2011 Pre-K Day on the Hill on Tuesday, March 1. The Pre-K Day on the Hill is being held in conjunction with the United Ways of Tennessee, the Tennessee […]


Press Release from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute, Feb. 24, 2011: Children who attended state-funded prekindergarten classes gained an average of 82 percent more on early literacy and math skills than comparable children who did not attend, researchers from the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University have found. The initial results are from the first […]


Justin Wilson is expected on Wednesday to win another two-year term running the state office that handles auditing and monitors program quality control.


Press Release from Senate Democratic Caucus; Aug. 18, 2010: Campfield at Odds with East Tennesseans’ Support of Early Childhood Education KNOXVILLE – In repeatedly making erroneous and misleading comments about Tennessee’s highly successful pre-K program, Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville), the Republican nominee for State Senate District 7, has proven himself out of step with the […]


State of Tennessee Press Release; Aug. 3, 2010: NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Tim Webb today announced that Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program now extends to every school district in all 95 counties of the state. This marks the first Voluntary Pre-K classrooms for Sumner County and Washington County Schools. For the 2010-11 […]