Tennessee's Task: Turn 'Free Community College' From a Rallying Cry Into a Success

Angela Lewis Foster, Chattanooga Times Free Press, AP Images

Gov. William E. Haslam, shown talking with students during a visit to a high school in Red Bank, Tenn., last summer, has set a goal of having 55 percent of Tennesseeans hold a college credential by 2025. The Tennessee Promise could help reach that goal, by encouraging more of the state's high-school graduates to go on to college.
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Amanda Raven Smith wants to go to college. But she doesn’t want to have the same experience as her father, who spent decades paying off student loans for a degree he couldn’t afford to finish.

"I had been planning on it," she said, "but didn’t...

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