Gov. Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor’s desk. The Senate approved the plan 30-1 Monday night.
Known as “Tennessee Promise,” the legislation is a cornerstone of Haslam’s “Drive to 55″ campaign to improve the state’s graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025. Haslam wants to pay for the program by using $300 million in excess lottery reserve funds and join it with a $47 million endowment.