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Mentors needed for Tennessee Promise

DailyNewsJournal  Gov. Bill Haslam who proposed Tennessee Promise as a component of his “Drive to 55” campaign has been working to build a workforce for the state that will be able to do the jobs of the 21st century. Tennessee Promise will provide “last dollar” grants to high school graduates, which means that program funds will […]

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Aggressive Pragmatism

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed NASHVILLE — Bill Haslam wasn’t sold on the idea of two years of tuition-free community college when he first heard it. That was back in 2008, when the Republican, now governor of Tennessee, was Knoxville’s mayor. Mike Ragsdale, who was then mayor of the surrounding Knox County, made the pitch to […]

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Haslam touts Tennessee Promise program

Megan Boehnke, Knoxville News Sentinel  After a 10-minute roundtable with four Gibbs High School seniors, Gov. Bill Haslam asked the students, “Do you have any questions for me?” There was only one. “Well, I’ve had a lot of people tell me to take a selfie,” said Sherrice Dale,smiling. “I can do that,” Haslam replied. It […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam in Memphis to sell seniors on Promise scholarship

Jane Roberts, The Commercial Appeal Gov. Bill Haslam was at East High Monday, promoting the Tennessee Promise scholarship that will give every high school graduate in the state, starting this spring, a chance to complete two years of college for free. “If you graduate from high school, we are going to make certain you get […]

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Haslam urges high-schoolers to share scholarship news

Katherine Burgess, The Jackson Sun The deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship is Nov. 1, information high school seniors need to spread, said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. “We’re incredibly excited about this,” Haslam said. “It was great the legislature passed it. It was great that we found a way to pay for it; […]

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Tennessee Promise begins for high school seniors

The Tennessean Tennessee high school seniors now have an opportunity to change the future — both for themselves and their families — but also for our state. Earlier this year, working with the General Assembly, we passed the Tennessee Promise, a new scholarship program that provides two years of community or technical college to graduating […]

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Drive to 55 Director: “Success Hinges on Culture Change”

Joey Garrison, jgarrison@tennessean.com The Tennessean Ultimately, Gov. Bill Haslam will be the one graded on making headway with his cornerstone education initiative, but Mike Krause is tasked with leading the way. Since June, Krause has crisscrossed Tennessee — just last week, he met with 61 local school districts — as the new executive director of […]

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Tennessee’s SAILS Program Grabs National Spotlight

  Posted on Huffington Post   Four Critical Steps Needed to Close U.S. Achievement Gaps Note: The following article comes to us courtesy of John Squires, head of mathematics department at Chattanooga State Community College. Education is not a “one size fits all” model. Not every student learns at the same pace. Some students may […]

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