Tenn. Gov. Haslam’s education agenda challenged by funding

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Six months ago, Gov. Bill Haslam drew universal praise when he declared he wanted to make Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the nation in teacher pay by the time he left office.

His longstanding goal of increasing the number of college graduates in Tennessee to 55 percent of the population by 2025 has received similar acclaim.

But the governor’s big education initiatives are being challenged by something that was always the caveat on getting them done: tax revenue — more accurately, not enough of it.

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