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Wed April 18, 2012
Haslam Raises Concerns Over Charter School Bill
Governor Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools. The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast at Lipscomb University in Nashville on Tuesday that he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers. Haslam noted that the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and that he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects. Haslam said he has not yet seen the final version of the bill sponsored by Representative Judd Matheny of Tullahoma and fellow Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, so he didn't know whether he would sign it into law.