NASHVILLE (AP) — The state attorney general says Tennessee’s public colleges and universities can’t be left to decide whether to offer in-state tuition breaks for students whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s opinion says state lawmakers would have to pass a bill explicitly making those immigrants eligible.
The opinion addresses state legislation proposing that the boards of individual schools determine eligibility for in-state tuition. The opinion says the bill doesn’t expressly mention “unlawful aliens” and wouldn’t leave the decision to legislators, and federal law requires both.
The proposal to let individual institutions make in-state tuition decisions failed earlier this year, as did a bill to grant those students in-state tuition across all public colleges and universities.
Both bills will likely be considered again in 2018.
(AP) — A person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press that Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a public announcement was not authorized.
The league called a news conference for Wednesday for an announcement on the “future of soccer in Nashville” and said MLS Commissioner Don Garber will attend along with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and John R. Ingram, head of the group bidding for a Nashville team.
Nashville and Sacramento, Calif., are viewed as the favorites for the league’s 25th and 26th teams, with Cincinnati and Detroit the other finalists. A decision on the second area picked is expected within a few weeks.