Gov. Bill Haslam/ GEORGE WALKER IV / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN
By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II / Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam's annual budget proposal seeks to boost education performance in Tennessee with more than $300 million for improvements on the campuses of Tennessee's colleges and universities, as well as millions of dollars for higher teacher pay.
The Republican governor presented his third State of the State address to lawmakers on Monday night.
Improvements to the state's colleges and universities topped the proposed capital outlay for next year at a little over $307 million.
Part of Haslam's proposal includes $22 million to build a new school for the deaf in Knoxville.
Rich Rhoda is executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He says the proposed funding is "very much appreciated."