TN Budget Hearings: College Tuition Hikes & A Warranty For Your Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - For those of you paying for college at Tennessee schools, how does a less than 3% college tuition increase sound? Or a warranty for what you learn? Those are just some of the things that came out budget hearings Tuesday before Governor Bill Haslam.

The Governor's budget hearings every fall provide a window on spending issues affecting every Tennessean. For the 200,000-plus Tennessee students in four-year or two-year schools, there's a pledge about tuition.

“We have just issued a tuition recommendation of 0 to 3%, which I can assure you it is the envy of the region across the South; to be able to tell our students not only is it going to be 0-3%, its going to be 0-3% again,” says Mike Krause, Tennessee’s Higher Education Executive Director.

Those words came during Governor Haslam's second day of his budget hearings. K-12 and higher education are always big parts. The K-12 commissioner addressed recent scoring issues with the standardized tests TNReady, and the vendor hired by the state.

“That they have a quality process in the place to make sure that as they are going through their scanning, there is not a mistake in their scanning process,” says Candice McQueen. The commissioner reiterated no one's accountability will be affected by the scoring mistake.

Then there is word of an education warranty tossed out there by the Board of Regents Chancellor for the state's technical two-year schools.

“It’s exactly what it sounds like. If you don't have the skill sets for which we say we have trained you, we will take you back and train you for free,” says Dr. Flora Tydings.

The chancellor feels so confident, she hopes to soon give students a warranty card like this. The technical school warranty will also be dependent on the employer saying the student was not trained properly. 

Still to come this week in budget hearings; TDOT on Wednesday and TennCare on Thursday, two other state programs that touch a lot of Tennesseans.

 


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