In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a community college program for all high school graduates is advancing in the Senate.
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The "Tennessee Promise" legislation advanced out of the Senate Education Committee 8-1 on Wednesday. It's similar to one moving in the House.
The proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate, at a cost of $34 million per year.
The measure was amended to change lottery scholarship amounts. Initially, the bill sought to lower the current $4,000 lottery scholarship amount at four-year colleges to $3,000 for freshmen and sophomores, but increase it to $5,000 for juniors and seniors.
The amended version makes the amount $3,500 for freshman and sophomores, and $4,500 for juniors and seniors.
The move is meant to encourage students to consider going to two-year colleges first.