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TN Gov. Haslam's free tuition proposal advancing in Senate

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Gov. Bill Haslam, left, with legislators in Nashville, proposed bolstering Tennessee’s work force  with two years of free schooling. AP photo Gov. Bill Haslam, left, with legislators in Nashville, proposed bolstering Tennessee’s work force with two years of free schooling. AP photo

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a community college program for all high school graduates is advancing in the Senate.

The "Tennessee Promise" legislation advanced out of the Senate Education Committee 8-1 on Wednesday. It's similar to one moving in the House.

The proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate, at a cost of $34 million per year.

The measure was amended to change lottery scholarship amounts. Initially, the bill sought to lower the current $4,000 lottery scholarship amount at four-year colleges to $3,000 for freshmen and sophomores, but increase it to $5,000 for juniors and seniors.

The amended version makes the amount $3,500 for freshman and sophomores, and $4,500 for juniors and seniors.

The move is meant to encourage students to consider going to two-year colleges first.

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