Tennessee gov set for State of the State speech in February


Gov. Bill Lee speaks during the Tennessee Higher Education Commission session of the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee said Tuesday he’s looking to include “meaningful” teacher pay raises in next year’s budget despite facing financial crunches brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is slated to give his third annual State of the State speech on Feb. 8.

State lawmakers announced the date of the evening address on Friday. The first-term governor has entered his third year in office with fellow Republicans maintaining supermajorities in the House and Senate during the November elections.

Lee has called a special session starting Tuesday that will feature various education proposals aimed at bolstering student learning setbacks suffered because of time spent outside physical classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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