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Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education

From left: Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, and Bill Lee debate one another on June 20, 2018, at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville.
From left: Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, and Bill Lee debate one another on June 20, 2018, at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville.
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Four main GOP candidates are campaigning to succeed fellow Republican Bill Haslam as governor, but first they must defeat each other in the 2018 primary election.

The Republican nominee will be chosen on Aug. 2, with early voting July 13-28. The winner will square off Nov. 6 against the candidate picked by Democratic voters.

Tennessee’s next governor will significantly shape public education, and voters have told pollsters that they want an education-minded leader to follow Haslam.

We asked the candidates about their own educational experiences and choices, how they would address the state’s troubled testing program, how to expand pre-K progams for Tennessee’s poorest children, and more.

Below, find their answers, which have been lightly edited for grammar, style, and length. You can sort by candidate.

Also, read the responses of Democratic candidates here.

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