The Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday, following a similar vote in the Senate, approved a plan by Governor Bill Haslam to offer free community college tuition to all graduates of high schools in the state, The Tennessean reported. The plan will take effect in fall 2015. Governor Haslam, a Republican, has pushed the plan as a key way for the state to encourage a larger share of the population to seek college credentials. The idea of free community college tuition has also been discussed in other states, but the Tennessee plan -- with the strong advocacy of a governor -- has attracted attention nationally and is now being adopted.
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- Shift for national free-college group, which wants to bolster local programs
- Chicago joins Tennessee with tuition-free community college plan
- White House plans to take Tennessee Promise national
- Reaction to three states' proposals for tuition-free community college
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