TN Gov. Haslam says he wants to raise teacher pay

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Tennessee teachers are hopeful after Governor Bill Haslam proposed spending $100 million for teacher salary increases during his annual State of the State address Monday night.

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Tennessee Education Association President Barbara Gray called Gov. Haslam's proposal "a great first step to fulfilling his promise to make Tennessee the fastest improving in teacher salaries."

The governor's budget proposal includes nearly $49 million additional money for K-12 education, including:

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• Nearly $44 million to fully fund the Basic Education Program; and
• $5 million to create the Educators' Liability Trust Fund to offer liability insurance to Tennessee teachers at no cost to them.
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