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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.

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The House majority leader reflected on his rise in politics and who helped him along the way in a wide-ranging interview with TNReport. He talked about what it’s like to work with Gov. Bill Haslam and the collective bargaining debate that dominated this past legislative session.

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Press Release from the TN House Republican Caucus, June 1, 2011: (NASHVILLE, June 1, 2011) – House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Debra Young Maggart (R—Hendersonville) released the following statement after Governor Bill Haslam signed the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 into law: “Tennessee is a stronger State today because of this new law. “Our […]

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Press Release from Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford; May 23, 2011: Tennessee’s Teachers Ask Governor to Veto Bill NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, May 23, 2011) – The following message was sent by Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford, a high school math teacher from Sevier County, to Governor Bill Haslam concerning the Professional Educators Collaborative Act of […]

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But the chamber’s most powerful lawmaker, Speaker Beth Harwell, ultimately anticipates an outright repeal of laws requiring local school boards to negotiate contracts exclusively with a single union or employee organization.

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House Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh has undergone a political change of heart from being, as one long-serving colleague put it, a most ‘vicious’ opponent in 1978 of collective bargaining to a zealous supporter of the system today.

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The tale of the two Senate and House versions of bills to rein in teacher union negotiating leverage is another step closer to climax. A tie-breaking vote Wednesday in the House Finance Committee by Speaker Beth Harwell sets up a potential showdown.

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The Legislature has spent weeks juggling multiple versions of the bill — always in the face of dogged opposition from Democrats. The Senate already passed a repeal of the 1978 mandate that school boards formally negotiate teacher contracts with a union.

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The House has yet to vote on its version of the plan, although Republican leaders in the GOP-run lower chamber have hinted they support the Senate bill. The House Finance Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to take up the issue Tuesday.

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Press Release from Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the Tennessee Senate, May 2, 2011: Bill increases collaboration between local school boards and teachers (Nashville) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R – Blountville) emphasized his ongoing support tonight for Senate Bill 113, a crucial piece of education reform legislation sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) which passed […]

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Republicans have picked up some education bills and dropped others like hot potatoes. Some of those lawmakers have splintered off and opposed prime education reform bills, thickening the political plot as the legislation inches closer to passage.

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Republicans in the upper chamber have all along favored repealing local teachers’ ability to force school districts to negotiate labor deals with unions. But House GOP lawmakers have been more skeptical of the Tennessee School Board Association-backed legislation and have yet to take up the latest amendments to the bill.

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