Gov. Bill Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" plan offering a free community college program for all high school graduates cleared a major Senate panel today.
Senate Education Committee members approved the measure, which Haslam has had to change in response to concerns from universities and others, on an 8-1 vote. Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, was among those voting yes.
The same compromise was approved Tuesday in the House Education Committee.