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Haslam: Committed to improving teacher salaries

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says 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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