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Tennessee 4-year university tuitions jumped 75.8% over 15 years

Tennessee four-year public university tuition and fees went from $5,833 in 2004-05 to $10,255 in 2019-20, the 13th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

Tennessee legislators make base salary of $24,316 per year

State lawmakers in Tennessee now draw a base salary of $24,316 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 47 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Tennessee community college tuitions jumped 56.1% over 15 years

Tennessee two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $2,976 in 2004-05 to $4,646 in 2019-20, the 10th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Tennessee governor makes annual salary of $194,112

The governor of Tennessee now draws a yearly salary of $194,112, the fifth highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Tennessee K-12 schools spent $10 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Tennessee spent an estimated $10 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1.6 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Tennessee children in foster care numbered 8,929 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Tennessee at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 8,929, a 4.3 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Tennessee, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Tennessee is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Tennessee K-12 schools paid out $10,089 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Tennessee spent $10,089 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the seventh lowest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

11.7% of Tennessee residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Tennessee residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 11.7 percent of the state’s population, the 23rd highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Tennessee schools get 43.4% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

More than 43 percent of Tennessee public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 23rd highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Tennessee reach $5.1 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Tennessee amount to $5.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the 20th highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Tennessee averaged $50,900

Teachers’ salaries in Tennessee averaged $50,900 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 35th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Tennessee reach $3.8 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Tennessee amount to $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the 21st highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tennessee’s public pensions are 82 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Tennessee’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 82 percent of the total, the sixth highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Tennessee reach $13.9 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Tennessee amount to $13.9 billion, the 21st highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Memphis’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Tennessee

The Memphis metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Tennessee, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

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