Haslam: Committed To Improving Teacher Salaries

Haslam: Committed To Improving Teacher Salaries

CREATED Nov 12, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he's committed to improving the salaries of the state's teachers and plans to provide some degree of funding in his proposed budget to start doing so.

The Republican governor began his annual budget hearings with agency leaders at the Capitol on Tuesday with the Education Department.

Commissioner Kevin Huffman didn't provide specific numbers on what an increase for teachers might look like, saying he and the governor needed to first see how the overall budget comes together and then explore "what's doable this year" for teachers.

Haslam said at a news conference last month that by the time he leaves office he wants Tennessee's teacher salaries to have grown more than teacher salaries in any other state.

He told reporters on Tuesday that the state has an ongoing commitment with K-12 teachers.

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