Gov. Bill Haslam wants to know 'why' proposed lottery-scholarship changes favor home-schoolers

photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam said he "needs to understand why" efforts to toughen eligibility requirements for state lottery-funded college scholarships appear to favor home-schooled students over pupils attending traditional public and private schools.

The governor told reporters he only learned of the differences from news accounts this week.

"I would need to understand what the reason is for the distinction, which I haven't heard yet," Haslam said.

Senate Republicans say tougher eligiblity requirements are necessary to save the lottery, which is spending some $17 million to $19 million annually out of its reserve fund to meeting scholarship obligations.