Gov. Bill Haslam likely will face push by some fellow Republicans to abolish pre-K next year

Bill Haslam
photo Ron Ramsey

photo Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam is adopting a wait-and-see approach to a Vanderbilt University study that calls into question the long-term impact of Tennessee's $85 million pre-kindergarten programs.

But some of his fellow Republicans in the Legislature, including Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, already have different ideas and would like to see the public program end for some 18,000 4-year-olds.

Haslam said last week he prefers to wait a year to sort out issues raised by the study, which found the positive impacts of pre-K decrease to the point that by second or third grade the students who attended the program were actually falling behind their peers.