Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve teacher salaries over the next several years. Haslam said at a news conference yesterday that by the time he leaves office he wants teacher salaries to have grown more than in any other state.
The Republican governor is up for re-election for a second four-year term next year. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman joined Haslam and said the administration will review national state-by-state salary data to see that Tennessee's are just as competitive.
According to the latest data from the National Education Association, the average national salary for classroom teachers is $56,000, compared with $48,000 in Tennessee.