Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed the Tennessee Promise that would guarantee free tuition and fees for state high school graduates who attend two-year community colleges and technology-related colleges. Funding would come from lottery reserves.
At least two other states have begun the process of creating six-year high schools that would provide the traditional four years of high school and two years of post-secondary study with receipt of an associate degree at the end of six years.
President Barack Obama recently visited the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in New York, which despite its awkward name is a pioneer in this new high school structure.