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March 26 TN News Digest

This is a compilation of Tennessee news and political stories assembled daily by staffers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.

 

Haslam Proclaims March 29 ‘Vietnam Veterans Day’ (TN Report)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder formally recognized and remembered Vietnam Veterans leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops. On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia. Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,289 Tennessee service members were killed.

Governor honors Vietnam vets (Murfreesboro Post)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder formally recognized and remembered Vietnam Veterans leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops. On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia. Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,289 Tennessee service members were killed.

TN’s Vietnam War veterans are paid tribute in Haslam proclamation (Tenn/Sisk)

Nearly 40 years may have passed since the last combat troops left Vietnam, but even now, the harsh reception many received when they returned home rubs emotions raw. “I was walking with a group of people who were Vietnam veterans,” Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, recalling a recent Veterans Day parade in Knoxville, “and several of them had tears streaming down their faces. “They said, ‘It wasn’t like this when we came home.’ ” Haslam took a step toward assuaging those feelings Monday.

Governor Haslam Meets With Vietnam Veterans At Tribute Event (WTVF-TV Nash)

Governor Bill Haslam paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans Monday leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops. Haslam was joined by Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Vietnam Veterans of America Tennessee State Council President Barry Rice. The proclamation and presentation event was held at 2 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the state Capitol. The event was scheduled to be held on War Memorial Plaza in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument, but was changed because of inclement weather.

Expansion Week for Haslam (WPLN-Radio Nashville)

Governor Bill Haslam continues to stall his decision on enlarging Tennessee’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare. Though, he says he will reveal his position one way or the other this week. The deadline is self-imposed. The Supreme Court struck down part of the Affordable Care Act that required states to expand their Medicaid rolls. But the governor says he wants to make up his mind and move on. “We’ve been working toward the understanding that if we can come to a decision to what’s best for Tennessee, to decide that now would be better than waiting,” Haslam told reporters Monday.

Governor Open to Redux on DCS Oversight (WPLN-Radio Nashville)

The Tennessee General Assembly may have gone too far with cost-cutting when it wiped out oversight committees looking out for children. Governor Bill Haslam was asked whether he supports a push by Democrats to reestablish the panel that looked over the troubled Department of Children’s Services. “You can’t have 133 bosses,” Haslam says, referring to the combined state house and senate. “That doesn’t work. But having said that, there is a legitimate role for legislative oversight, and we’d love to be a part of that conversation about what that should look like going forward.”

Gov. Haslam holds firm on his limited voucher plan (Times Free-Press/Sher)

Gov. Bill Haslam said he is holding firm to his proposed limited school-voucher plan and put fellow Republicans in the Senate on notice Monday that if they want to go beyond that, “they should run their own bill.” Haslam also told reporters he expects to make his final decision soon on whether to recommend Tennessee expand its Medicaid program, TennCare, to an estimated 181,000 low-income people under the federal Affordable Care Act. And on another health care front, Haslam voiced strong concerns about a bill moving in the House that would bar state-licensed insurers such as Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee from participating in the federally run health insurance exchanges under Obamacare.

Haslam to lawmakers wanting bigger voucher plan: Get your own bill (CP/Zelinski)

The governor said he sees no reason to budge on his limited plan to offer state-funded scholarships to low-income students from failing schools, despite a hunger among some in his party for a bigger program. The situation is creating a showdown of sorts expected to heat up this week between the conservative wing and moderates of the Republican Party in the GOP-led legislature. “It’s not like we’re a people who just say, ‘It’s our way or the highway, the legislature shouldn’t have input,’ ” Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters Monday after signing a proclamation to honor Vietnam War veterans.

DOE to announce national clean energy initiative during event (NS/Munger)

The U.S. Department of Energy will host a celebratory event this morning, touting the early success of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility and launching a national initiative that’s supposed to bolster clean energy manufacturing in multiple ways, create jobs and help ensure U.S. competitiveness over the next decade and beyond. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, are among those expected to be on hand, along with David Danielson, DOE’s assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, who will announce plans for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.  

Report: Tennessee won’t prosecute Steve Bebb (Times Free-Press/Walton)

The state attorney general has found no prosecutable criminal acts by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb. A report by Attorney General Robert Cooper criticizes Bebb’s office for poor judgment, mismanagement and deficient record keeping but finds no prosecutable evidence against him on allegations of official misconduct, theft, bribery, extortion and other offenses. Prosecutable evidence against employees in Bebb’s office or current or former officers of the district’s drug task force would be handled by someone other than the attorney general’s office, Cooper’s report states.

Tenn. Electronic Library offers GED preparation (Associated Press)

The Tennessee Electronic Library has resources for people trying to earn a GED diploma before requirements change next year. According to a news release from the Tennessee secretary of state’s office, Tennessee Electronic Library provides free round-the-clock access to online resources that include downloadable test preparation books for the General Educational Development tests. The format of the GED tests changes next January, so people studying for current tests may have to start over if they don’t complete them this year.

Property Disclosure Requirement for Lawmakers Hits Snag (TN Report)

An ethics bill requiring Tennessee policymakers to disclose all real property they own other than their primary home has hit a snag this year, and the bill sponsor said she doesn’t expect it to pass. Rep. Susan Lynn said she would still like to get the bill back in committee this year as a thermometer test. “I perceive that a lot of members think that it’s a good idea, but I perceive also that a lot of members strongly oppose it,” the Mt. Juliet Republican said. “So it may need a little bit more time to become more apparent to the members as to why it’s important.”

House to Hear New Version of Voter ID Bill (Associated Press)

Student identification cards issued by public universities could not be used to vote under legislation scheduled to be heard on the House floor Monday evening. The measure was amended in a House committee last week to remove the use of student IDs. Less than a week before, the full Senate voted 21-8 to pass a bill to allow such IDs. Republican Rep. Susan Lynn of Mt. Juliet is the House sponsor of the measure, and Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro has the companion bill. Lynn said Ketron is agreeable to the change even though he defeated efforts to remove college IDs from the bill in the Senate.

State Senate, House at impasse over what IDs to allow at polls (CP/Zelinski)

The two chambers of the General Assembly are at odds over whether to allow college students to use their university ID as a valid photo identification at the polls, although they agreed to ban local government IDs. Allowing college students to use their college IDs to vote was adopted by the Senate but stripped from the House version of the bill. Unless one of the chambers changes its mind and goes along with the other, lawmakers could be headed to a showdown in a “conference committee” to decide whether they can get on the same page.

House Disagrees with Senate on College IDs for Voting (WPLN-Radio Nashville)

The Tennessee House and Senate have passed conflicting bills regarding what is a valid photo ID for voting. Monday night the House rejected the use of college IDs. Democrats cried foul, saying Republicans – who passed the state’s voter ID law two years ago – are again limiting the rights of Tennesseans. Debate ended with pushback from the GOP’s Majority Leader, Gerald McCormick. “This idea of voter suppression is just not true. That’s not what anybody is trying to do here. I’m getting tired of hearing it.”

‘Clawback’ Would Slash Subsidies If Jobs Don’t Come (WPLN-Radio Nashville)

Companies that don’t deliver on deals to create jobs could see their state incentive money cut off, following a legislative push to include clawback provisions in future contracts. Clawbacks are what many officials wish the state had in some big subsidy contracts a few years ago: “Well I think everybody naturally talks about the Hemlock situation.” State Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) points to Hemlock Semiconductor, a solar company Tennessee agreed to give tens of millions for construction in Clarksville.

Tennessee lawmakers push for clawback provisions in incentive deals (NBJ)

Lawmakers in the Tennessee General Assembly are pushing to include clawback provisions when providing state incentives, WPLN 90.3 FM reports. The provisions would cut off incentive money when companies don’t deliver on the new jobs the incentives were to create. The clawback bill is sponsored in the Senate by State Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson), who pointed to Hemlock Semiconductor’s $1.2 billion plant in Clarksville as a prime example of why clawbacks are necessary. Hemlock has yet to fully open the plant and earlier this year laid off 300 of its 400 plant employees.

Effort to End Emissions Testing for Newer Cars Makes Progress (WPLN-Radio)

Cars newer than three years old could soon be exempt from required emissions tests. It’s an idea state lawmakers are pushing forward, but they’re wary of potential complications. Proponents call emissions testing on new cars unnecessary, saying they fail such tests less than one percent of the time. But Franklin Senator Jack Johnson explains that the exemption would force Tennessee to amp up environmental regulation elsewhere. “If we take out these newer cars, even though I would submit that they’re not contributing pollutants to the atmosphere, we will still lose a certain number of credits according to the convoluted formula from the EPA.

Pharmacists: Compounding loophole needed because of shortages (TN/Wilemon)

Legislators have narrowed the scope of a bill that would have removed Tennessee’s patient-specific requirement for mixing medicines — a safeguard that compounding pharmacies violated and the state did not actively enforce. A new amendment to the bill would allow health care providers to buy compounded medicines without individual prescriptions whenever a drug product is not commercially available. Persistent drug shortages are the reason this loophole is needed, according to Baeteena Black, executive director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, and the two legislator-pharmacists who are sponsors of the legislation, Sen. Ferrell Haile and Rep. David Shepard.

Complaints about conservators prompt TN Senate to rewrite law (TN/Roche)

Citing a history of complaints against conservators, the state Senate voted unanimously to standardize the way Tennesseans with disabilities are placed someone else’s control. The legislation mandates that the proposed wards, whose rights are being taken away, be given notice within 48 hours of the action and that a court hearing be held within five days. It also requires the judge on the case to find that the ward would face substantial harm without a conservator and to review annually the need for a conservatorship.

Bill would increase fine for not wearing seat belt (Associated Press)

Legislation that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt is scheduled to be heard by lawmakers on Tuesday. The Senate version is to be heard first in the Senate Finance Committee, and the companion bill is scheduled for later in the House Transportation Committee. Currently the penalty for not wearing a seat belt is $10. Under this proposal, the fine would be $50. Sponsors say the measure is simply to encourage people to buckle up.

Senate panel OKs bill to keep rape charges from expiring in Tennessee (LC)

The Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation by former emergency room doctor Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville that will give Tennessee prosecutors a new weapon in rape cases where the statute of limitations is about to expire. Under the measure, prosecutors will soon be able to obtain a “John Doe” arrest warrant based on the perpetrator’s DNA profile, saving the case from dismissal on grounds that too much time has passed, according to a news release from Green’s office.

House OKs home-schoolers on public schools’ athletic teams (NS/Humphrey)

The House gave final approval Monday night to legislation that will require all public schools to allow home school students to participate in their athletic events. The House approved the measure 69-24 under sponsorship of Rep. Roger Kane, R-Knoxville. It earlier had passed the Senate unanimously with Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, as sponsor and now goes to the governor for his expected signature. Under current law, the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association has developed a policy for home-schooled children trying out for public school teams, but it is left for each school system to decide whether the allow them to participate.

Bill stripping Vanderbilt police powers over ‘all-comers’ policy is dropped (TN/Sisk)

A bill that would strip Vanderbilt University of its police powers is being dropped by its sponsor after an opinion from the Tennessee attorney general that it violates the U.S. constitution. State Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, announced Monday that he will withdraw House Bill 1150. The measure would have taken away the Vanderbilt University Police Department’s ability to make arrests and enforce criminal laws unless the school abandons its “all-comers” nondiscrimination policy.  

Legislature Could Dash Cops’ Practice of Taking Cash (TN Report)

Tennesseans, and anybody else traveling in the state, would get protection from improper seizure of their property under a proposal in the General Assembly with backers across the political spectrum, the Huffington Post reports: According to the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, every state in the country has some version of a civil asset forfeiture law. Under (Rep. Barrett Rich’s HB 1078), Tennessee would be the first to abolish it. … Much of the call for reform over the years has come from alliances between conservatives, who are appalled by forfeiture laws’ disregard for property rights, and progressives, who are alarmed by the laws’ tendency to encourage racial profiling on the highways and their disproportionate effect on the poor.

Tennessee losing war on meth (Tennessean/Haas)

The meth users are winning, police say. They’ve beaten new restrictions on how much pseudoephedrine — a main ingredient in methamphetamine — they’re allowed to buy, despite a computer system designed to stop bulk sales. A bill in the legislature that would have made pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug was killed yet again for another year. And funding to clean up meth labs across the state is set to run out at the end of this year. “We’re in trouble in Tennessee, absolutely,” said Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long, a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition, which has lobbied for stricter meth laws.

Downtown business owners push for tax to help lure conventions (NBJ)

Whiskey Bent Saloon owner Barrett Hobbs is among a group of downtown business owners asking that a 0.025 percent sales fee be added to their tab. The proposed bill going before Tennessee General Assembly committees Tuesday authorizes a fee on goods and services, such as beer and food, within a downtown zone that would be used to offer incentives to convention groups considering the Music City Center. The bill would exempt goods such as tickets to sporting events, liquor drinks, newspapers and other publications and overnight and long-term parking, according the bill summary.

Capitol’s new mop sink isn’t for foot washing (Associated Press/Schelzig)

Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink. Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying. “I confirmed with the facility administrator for the State Capitol Complex that the floor-level sink installed in the men’s restroom outside the House Chamber is for housekeeping use,” Connie Ridley, legislative administration director, emailed. “It is, in layman’s terms, a mop sink.”

Senate passes symbolic Internet sales tax amendment (Nashville Biz Journal)

The U.S. Senate Friday approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would allow states to choose whether to collect sales taxes from Internet-based retailers. The measure was passed by a 75-24 vote as an amendment to a budget resolution. Because the budget resolution is non-binding, however, the vote on the amendment was largely symbolic, Reuters reports. “Still, the approval should reassure states and ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers that Congress will come together to pass a bill soon,” Reuters reports.

Budget cuts may affect safety at Chattanooga Airport (Times Free-Press/Pare)

Federal budget sequestration may result in laying off Chattanooga Airport weather observers who provide data to the air traffic control tower, potentially affecting safety at Lovell Field, an official says. Charles Starrett, acting supervisor of the federal contract weather office at the airport, said Monday that if personnel there are laid off because of the budget cuts, “that would affect in my opinion…safety at Lovell Field.” “We support the air traffic controller and the pilots coming in on the local weather conditions,” he said.

Sequester-induced furloughs won’t be necessary at Y-12 after all (NS/Munger)

Sequestration is having an impact at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, but — contrary to earlier reports — the spending cuts won’t result in employees being furloughed. “We do not expect furloughs to be necessary,” B&W Y-12 spokeswoman Ellen Boatner said in response to questions. An earlier analysis by Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee said if sequestration took effect it would require the Y-12 contractor to furlough up to 1,000 employees for six months. Y-12 General Manager Chuck Spencer a couple of weeks ago told employees that if spending cuts came into play that most employees at Y-12 would likely face some reduced work schedules.  

TVA says W. Knox site ideal for data center (Knoxville News-Sentinel/Flory)

Knox County may not have an industrial megasite, but it now has a smaller digital equivalent. The Tennessee Valley Authority announced last week that a 10.6-acre site near the Pellissippi Parkway has been approved as a primary data center site. That approval, performed in conjunction with Deloitte Consulting, is aimed at luring companies to use the site for a data center, a collection of computer servers used to store massive amounts of digital information. John Bradley, TVA’s senior vice president for economic development, compared the process to TVA’s megasite program, which serves as an industrial seal of approval for manufacturing sites and has helped attract blue-chip companies like Volkswagen.

Wacker: Still confident in $2 billion Tennessee plant (Nashville Business Journal)

Despite the threat of a global trade war on solar components, officials with Germany-based Wacker remain confident in the company’s investment in a $2 billion polysilicon plant in East Tennessee, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Hemlock Semiconductor has essentially mothballed its $1.2 billion polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing an oversupply of polysilicon in the market that has dropped prices amid a potential trade war with China. Wacker also delayed the opening of its Tennessee plant by 18 months, until 2015.

Erlanger showing across-the-board losses for February (TFP/Harrison)

When they sat down Monday night, members of Erlanger’s Budget and Finance Committee had already braced themselves for the unpleasant PowerPoint presentation full of descending graph lines. “We set the stage last month that it was not going to be pretty, and I think our expectations have been met,” committee Chairman Donnie Hutcherson said. After climbing back into the black last month, Erlanger Health System fell back in the red in February, posting a $2.5 million loss — its worst loss this fiscal year.

Mike Davis leaving Wilson schools to lead Robertson County’s (Gannett)

The Robertson County Board of Education has named Mike Davis as the next director of schools. Davis, whose contract as Wilson County schools director expires June 30, will start his new job July 1. He is replacing outgoing Director Dan Whitlow, who plans to retire at the end of the school year. The board named Davis to the position Monday during a special meeting. He was one of three finalists, who included Linda Cash, assistant dean of Graduate Education at Union University in Hendersonville, and Michael Shaffer, an assistant superintendent of schools in New Haven, Ind.

Knox commission asks school board to fund seed money for guards (NS/Donila)

The Knox County Commission on Monday officially gave the school board permission to use its own money to pay the start-up costs to recruit, hire and train 58 new armed security guards, and acknowledged that officials would be on the hook to continue funding the positions through some way other than raising taxes. The 10-0 vote follows the county school board’s move March 6 to request money to begin the guard hiring process. Officials plan to ask the commission for an extra $1.9 million for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, to hire and train the officers.

Teacher pay for experience, degrees on line in Shelby County (CA/Roberts)

The school board faces Tuesday one of the biggest tests of its commitment to education reform: Namely, does it believe enough in the power of effective teaching to tie future teacher pay to it? For years, districts have paid teachers more for years of service and advanced degrees. The combined city and county district spends nearly $150 million a year — 20 percent of total teacher payroll — rewarding teachers for both. But national and local research presented to the school board last week showed little or no correlation between either and student achievement.

Memphis, Shelby school administrators study sports funding (CA/Kelley)

Merging separate approaches toward interscholastic athletics in Memphis and Shelby County Schools will be complex and controversial, and it probably will be delayed. In Memphis City Schools, athletics is a district function largely supported through the district budget. In Shelby County Schools, sports are school-based activities, and parents foot much of the bill for expenses, particularly in sports that don’t generate substantial revenue. Boosters are often kept busy raising money for uniforms, stadium upkeep and the like through concession sales and other fundraising activities.

Georgia: Senate puts Tennessee on notice (Nashville Business Journal)

The state of Tennessee can accept Georgia’s proposal to a long-running boundary dispute or settle it in court. That’s the message in a resolution the Georgia Senate passed overwhelmingly Monday, marking the latest chapter in Georgia’s bid to gain access to drinking water from the bountiful Tennessee River. The resolution, approved 48-2, would set the boundary between Georgia and Tennessee at the 35th parallel. That’s where the boundary was established before 1817, when an erroneous survey set it slightly to the south, said Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth.

Georgia: TN, GA at war over state line; could go to Supreme Court (TFP/Burkholder)

Despite nine previous resolutions that have left a 200-year-old border dispute unresolved, Georgia lawmakers want Tennessee to know this time they mean business. In a vote Monday, Georgia senators approved House Resolution 4 with one key change: If Tennessee declines to settle, the dispute will be handed over to the attorney general, who will take Tennessee before the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. “I would hope that the Tennessee House and Senate would realize that one, we’re serious,” said Georgia state Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, “and two, there’s no reason we shouldn’t resolve it and move on.”

 

OPINION 

Editorial: Open government is a necessity (Tennessean)

In a political environment where one party has essentially seized control, like the Republicans have here in Tennessee, there can be no more important commitment than one to open government. Most Southern states, Tennessee definitely included, lived through what was for all intents and purposes a one-party system during most of the 20th century, when Democrats ruled the roost, the yard, and really, the whole farm. The tide has most definitely turned. That Tennesseans choose to empower the members of one party to the exclusion of the other makes elections less interesting. It also means generally less debate on issues, and it opens the door for negligent behavior by our elected officials.  

Editorial: Casada’s efforts to undermine open meetings law pointless (Jackson Sun)

It’s much ado about nothing, and we prefer to keep it that way. Efforts by Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, to amend the state’s open meetings law was withdrawn from consideration last year. He resurrected the bill this session, but he knows it cannot pass out of a subcommittee in its present form. He solicited input from county commissions across Tennessee, but according to his comments last week to The Associated Press: “I’ve urged them to bring me something that the subcommittee can support,” he said. “Right now, I don’t have anything.” That’s good, let’s keep it that way. Last year’s attempt was spearheaded by Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell.

Editorial: Limit tuition vouchers to the most needy (Commercial Appeal)

There is nothing wrong with giving parents and children living in poverty and students living in attendance zones choked with failing public schools the opportunity to attend a good charter or private school. State-funded tuition vouchers for private schools are one way to provide that opportunity. However, proposed voucher legislation being spearheaded by Republican state Sens. Dolores Gresham of Somerville and Brian Kelsey of Germantown is too ambitious. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s more modest proposal seems like the best course to give all the stakeholders in a state voucher program time to evaluate the long-range implications of how it will impact public and private schools.  

Times Editorial: Tennessee lawmakers deny healthcare to needy (TFP)

Tennessee’s citizens rank third from the bottom of the 50 states in measures of physical and medical well-being, a comprehensive new study shows. That’s no surprise in a state which limits TennCare/Medicaid coverage to citizens below the federal poverty level and leaves about one out of four working Tennesseans without health insurance. Even among Tennessee workers with private or employer-based insurance, a large percentage carry just skeleton, high-deductible coverage which leaves them grossly underinsured and vulnerable to medical catastrophes and medical bankruptcy.

Editorial: Insurance bill would cost state, harm residents (News-Sentinel)

Last week state Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, crowed that he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with a bill that would bar health insurance companies licensed in Tennessee from participating in the insurance exchanges set up under the federal health care reform law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act authorizes state-based exchanges, or markets, where individuals and small businesses may buy health insurance plans. Only state-licensed insurance companies are allowed to participate, and under federal law states are responsible for regulating insurance business within their borders.

Guest columnist: Success as a teacher not tied to test-taking skills (Tennessean)

In a recent Tennessean article, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) suggested that there is a correlation between ACT scores of classroom teachers and their “later effectiveness in the classroom as measured by student test scores.” SCORE’s writers also espoused the need to strengthen the admissions standards of teacher education programs in Tennessee so that criteria for admission include an ACT score of 21 or higher. Putting aside my own experiences and those of my children — “right-brained global learners” who consistently do not score well on standardized tests — I cite the work of experts in the field who explain the fallacies in SCORE’s conclusions.

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