Tennessee Education Association criticizes Haslam's proposed budget cuts

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Education Association is criticizing the Haslam administration following proposed budget cuts that would freeze teacher salaries.

Haslam announced that among other cuts, he's proposing to eliminate pay raises for state employees and teachers.

"The governor's cuts to teacher salaries and higher education continue the state's race to the bottom in education funding," says TEA president Gera Summerford. "In order to attract and retain the best teachers, it is critical that the state properly fund teacher salaries."

Haslam says he will eliminate a proposed increase to health insurance premioums for state employees and teachers to provide some compensation.

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