The state General Assembly adjourned for the year after a swift 14 weeks on Capitol Hill trying to turn ideas from constituents and special interests into law. While the surviving bills are on their way to the governor’s desk, here’s a breakdown of who triumphed by them, who faltered and who fell in between.
Teachers: Lawmakers slowed down efforts from the state Department of Education in regards to how teachers are paid and how their licenses are renewed. The legislature sent Gov. Bill Haslam a bill that would sever the tie between student test growth data and an educator’s ability to renew their license, contrary to a policy pitch from DOE Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Lawmakers also passed a bill to ensure teachers’ salary schedules include pay bumps for extra post-secondary degrees like master's, specialists or doctorates.
College-bound high schoolers: Although some members had lingering concerns about the effect on four-year colleges, lawmakers approved the governor’s plan to cover two years of tuition at community college for graduating seniors. The la