MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators.
The Republican is calling the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to hike teacher salaries. Haslam told reporters after visiting a Maury County middle school Tuesday that Tennessee is the only state to set maximums for both total and average class sizes.
Haslam says increasing class size means schools could get by with fewer teachers, freeing up the money needed to pay the remaining teachers higher salaries.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- WMOT recently told you about PolitiFact arriving in Tennessee. The political fact checking website is a joint effort between the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News Sentinel.
This past weekend, PolitiFact reviewed comments made in late January by Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville on a radio program heard on SiriusXM radio.
PolitiFact Tennessee Editor Zack McMillin writes that the recorded exchange between Campfield and the show's host about gay people and the origins of HIV went viral soon after.