By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve the salaries of the state's teachers over the next several years.
Haslam said at a news conference on Thursday that by the time he leaves office he wants Tennessee's teacher salaries to have grown more than salaries 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 each year to see that Tennessee's teacher salaries are just as competitive.
According to the latest data from the National Education Association, the average national salary for classroom teachers is $56,383, compared with $48,289 in Tennessee.
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