ATLANTA -- In a surprise announcement, Gov. Ned McWherter of Tennessee on Monday announced a special January session of the state legislature to approve his education reform plan and consider increasing taxes to fund it.

"I believe we must put education first," Gov. McWherter said at a press conference on Monday. "Before the regular session of the General Assembly, before reapportionment, before the manly other important issues facing our state, we should give the education of our children first consideration."

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