reform

Op-Ed from Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; August 6, 2012:  Our Republican majority in the state legislature have reached many of our goals these past two years. I’m very proud of our accomplishments. But there is still much left to do. One example is education reform. Some might find this surprising. After all, Tennessee won […]

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Press Release from National Federation of Independent Businesses; Jan. 17, 2012: Tennessee 2012 Proactive Legislative Agenda Unemployment Reform – Small business overwhelmingly supports substantive reforms to our state’s administrative review process for unemployment claims. Specifically, NFIB members support a stronger misconduct definition that addresses chronic absenteeism and theft, as well as a defined work search requirement […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam wants an independent review of the state’s new, and controversial, system of grading teachers. “If you don’t consistently re-evaluate it, you’re not doing your job.”

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The Haslam administration’s point man for turning around failing public schools talks with TNReport about the challenges of his new job and his vision for success.

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Haslam envisions an all-encompassing look at education. Topics may include extending the number of days students attend school each year, the number of hours in each school day and teacher-compensation plans geared to attract top-flight talent.

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State of Tennessee Press Release; July 21, 2010: New First to Top Coalition to Raise Standards Awareness NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this week are launching the First to the Top Coalition, a statewide alliance of more than 30 business, community and education groups joining together to […]

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Press Release from Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet; June 10, 2010: State Senate Revives Tennessee Health Freedom Act to Attempt to Challenge National Healthcare Bill; However Bill Fails in House Below is a press release explaining how last night played out in terms of trying to pass legislation that attempted to combat what I believe […]

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Whether or not any legislation gets passed — or whether debate over the issues extends the session beyond today — remains to be seen.

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Tennessee Democrats worry that the proposed “Health Freedom Act” might give people the wrong impression: that Medicare is a voluntary program. In fact, it’s the federal government, says an attorney suing on the issue, that has been giving the wrong impression — that quitting Medicare comes with legitimate penalties.

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The legislature is closing in on the “Race to the Top” bill, a key piece of legislation needed to set Tennessee up for a large chunk of federal grant money. The bill easily passed the Senate 29-3 and now awaits a vote in the House.

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Although he takes issue with the legislation package passed in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 24, Gov. Phil Bredesen says he’ll defer to Attorney General Robert Cooper on whether Tennessee should join with other states in a legal confrontation with the federal government.

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Charter school administrators hope their experiences and experiments can play a role in shaping education reform legislation in the Jan 12 special session. Creative use of student performance data could take K-12 education in Tennessee to new heights, they say.

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