Tennessee Lauded for Strong Partnerships Between Education and Economic Development, Hosts National Conference

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 02:48 pm


NASHVILLE—Education and industry leaders from the nine-state Pathways to Prosperity Network gathered in Nashville today to discuss how to build academic pathways that establish clear connections between education and the workforce.

Nearly 3,000 Tennessee Students Honor Teachers in Statewide Essay Contest

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 02:59 pm

NASHVILLE— The department celebrated three Tennessee students on Wednesday for writing winning essays in a statewide contest highlighting the way in which educators impact lives. The winning students, one each in elementary, middle, and high school, described the teacher they were most thankful for in short essays and video messages. Representatives from the department surprised the teachers featured in the winning essays in three separate events in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. 

Haslam Taps Mike Krause To Lead Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 01:00 pm

Krause to Oversee Launch and Implementation of Tennessee Promise
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Mike Krause will join the Governor’s Office as executive director of the Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise initiatives.
Krause will lead and manage the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and oversee all Drive to 55 efforts, including the statewide Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) early math remediation program, online innovation initiatives, Degree Compass expansion, adult student analytics and research, veteran education efforts, and the development of post-secondary scorecards.

Haslam Signs 'Tennessee Promise' Into Law

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 12:29 pm

Offers free community and technology college education to high school graduates

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today held a ceremonial bill signing at Tutco, Inc. in Cookeville for HB 2491/SB2471, the “Tennessee Promise.” 

The historic proposal, which was approved overwhelmingly by the General Assembly, commits to providing two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors on a continuing basis.