Richard Montgomery

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pick up the tab for lame-duck lawmakers taking out-of-state trips, says House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. But he won’t ask outgoing legislators who traveled to Chicago this week for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit to pay the bill themselves, he told reporters Thursday. The lawmakers are either retiring […]

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Even outgoing legislators are permitted to let taxpayers foot the bill for out-of-state legislative trips, complete with a per diem, travel and lodging expenses.

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Incumbent Tennessee Democrats evaded the kind of thrashing administered by legislative primary voters to their Republican counterparts. But they didn’t come away entirely unbloodied either. Five incumbent Democrats were voted out of office Thursday. Among them were four who lost against fellow lawmakers who they were pitted against as a part of redistricting, and one […]

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Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012:  NFIB Endorses Candidates in 5 Senate, 20 House Primaries NASHVILLE, July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 25 state legislative primary races. The endorsements were made […]

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“When you have more people that are on your side, things tend to go a little easier,” Gov. Bill Haslam said of the makeup of the General Assembly. Haslam plans to stump for Debra Maggart, Richard Montgomery, and Kevin Brooks, who all face primary challengers.

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The education reform group charged with grading the state’s new teacher evaluation process is turning in its homework late. No, the dog didn’t eat their research paper. But the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, SCORE, wanted to take more time collecting data, officials said. “Frankly, it’s that we had some additional inputs from people across […]

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Besides being a time to remember fallen soldiers, reopen swimming pools and enjoy a long weekend, Memorial Day also represents the unofficial start of campaign season. Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll lend some of this clout this year to Republican lawmakers in legislative races who have helped advance his agenda. “Obviously I’ll be a lot more […]

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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.

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Almost half of Tennesseans questioned in a recent poll say they have no clue whether the state’s teacher evaluations help or hurt education. Some lawmakers and political onlookers say it’s simply too early to tell.

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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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A measure making it illegal for public elementary or middle schools in Tennessee to teach about homosexuality has cropped up again in the state Legislature and suffered a minor setback Wednesday. But Rep. Joey Hensley delayed committee action on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, after a request from House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery. […]

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Voucher measure could be DOA in the House. GOP caucus chairwoman and Education Committee chairman say 2012 session is time for observation and contemplation, not more reform action.

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