NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he would like to be remembered as someone who "tried to find the right answer" without thinking political consequences or what he believed in the origin.
"Not with the most politically advantageous answer, not even with the answer we received, we tried to find the right answer," he told WKRN this week in an interview about his eight years of mandate.
Advances in education and the loss of health care are two of the themes of Haslam's mandate.
The assessment of K-12 students, among the fastest in the country, occurred under Haslam, but the Republican governor also said it was a bipartisan story that began with his Democratic predecessor , Phil Bredesen.
"It was not just money, but part of it was that they raised the standards," said the outgoing governor. "They have put in place an evaluation and linked the evaluations to these evaluations – these are key elements to getting things done."
Haslam said: "We have managed to solve this problem and fight the resistance – with every change, there is resistance – and continue to push it forward."
Bill Lee, the new Republican governor, has problems with the online test mechanism for TNReady students and fears that this will happen again.
In higher education, the administration of Haslam Governor launched the first free education program in the country's community colleges.
Tennessee lottery surplus funds have funded the program for tens of thousands of people.
"Then, the K-12 became even more important," added the governor. "Because when you finished high school, it was not the last academic act of your career. Now, I'm going to college so that second-year math courses are a bit bigger than they were. "
The Republican governor used a lot of political capital when he proposed health care coverage for several hundred low-income Tennesseans using available federal funds from Obamacare, but the Republican-majority legislature n & # 39; He did not buy.
"I still think it was the right thing to do and I do not regret trying to do it," Haslam said.
The governor also said that he hoped he would be remembered for the state government "to provide great services to the Tennesseans".
Bill Lee will assume the duties of governor of the state on January 19.