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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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Gov. Bill Haslam recently stumped for Rep. Debra Maggart, who he says has been under “added heat” on Capitol Hill. Maggart has been targeted in a primary race by gun rights groups.

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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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Two Memphis music teachers and Tennessee’s top education official are featured in a Wall Street Journal story today tracking teacher evaluation efforts across the country. The story looks at the challenge of using tests in evaluating educators when standardized tests don’t generally cover social studies or science, focusing instead on reading and math. There’s also […]

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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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Press Release from Tennessee Education Association; Jan. 18, 2012: TEA ANNOUNCES AGENDA TO ADDRESS FLAWS IN EVALUATION SYSTEM NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Education Association released its recommendations to correct the state’s flawed annual teacher evaluation system at a news conference today. The agenda was developed as a result of feedback from teachers and administrators […]

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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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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 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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