Dolores Gresham

Gov. Bill Haslam is warming to the idea of establishing a process whereby state education officials bypass local school districts when considering approval of new charter schools. The governor has for months indicated little interest in the idea, which is a departure from the current system wherein local elected officials determine whether to allow a […]


Republicans face the tricky prospect of giving the state the authority to approve new charter schools — a move that would go against their mantra of local control in governing. Charter school opponents stand ready to point out any hint of hypocrisy.


Updated Aug. 24, 2012 with comments and committee resignation letter from Sen. Jim Summerville. State Sen. Jim Summerville doesn’t “give a rat’s ass what the black caucus thinks.” At least that’s what he told Memphis state Rep. Barbara Cooper via email Wednesday in response to her report from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators […]


Press release from the Meryl Rice Campaign for District 36; August 16, 2012:  WHITEVILLE – Senate Candidate Meryl Rice is calling on Senator Delores Gresham today to join her in a public forum for a debate of their issues that are affecting the citizens of District 26. “The people of this district deserve to have […]


Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 12, 2012:  (NASHVILLE), July 12, 2012 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) released a response today giving Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) authorization to probe allegations at TSU regarding grade alterations. Summerville sent Gresham a formal letter of request yesterday asking for […]


The public will not be able to view the ratings of individual teachers, a plank in the state’s reform efforts, under a bill approved Monday by the Senate. The measure heads to Gov. Bill Haslam.


Over the last year, the state has made “little progress” developing a strategy for grooming and developing people to lead schools, that “more work remains to ensure that there is a statewide pipeline of effective school and district leaders,” according to a prominent Tennessee education reform advocacy group.


Setting up camp on state property not designated for it could earn a violator significant jail time and a hefty fine under bill. Critics argue the measure both undermines a fundamental right to protest and that otherwise law-abiding and well-meaning citizens could run afoul of it unknowingly.


Lawmakers say they’re hearing concerns about the governor’s plan to authorize more local control on class size and teacher pay, but they predict the outcry will not be as heated as last year’s. “We’re going to work real hard to get some consensus. Everybody may not agree 100 percent, but I think we’re going to […]

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Press Release from the Senate Republican Caucus; Nov. 29, 2011: Task Force unanimously recommends Lottery Stabilization Plan (NASHVILLE, TN), November 29, 2011 – A State Senate Task Force today unanimously recommended the General Assembly adopt a lottery scholarship stabilization plan designed to reward academic achievement, while not cutting off those who barely qualify for the […]


Press Release from Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham, Nov. 16, 2011: Senate Education Chairman Gresham says NCLB created Culture of Compliance Tennessee goals to be centered on achievement (NASHVILLE, TN), November 15, 2011 – State Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) said today that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver filed by the […]


Press Release from the State of Tennessee: July 27, 2011: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined state and local leaders today to announce the award of a $278,847 transportation enhancement grant to Chester County for the Sidewalk Improvement Project. The Sidewalk Improvement Project will construct and reconstruct the sidewalks, curbs, ramps, and retaining wall […]