Gov. Bill Haslam told a gathering Monday honoring veterans that the reason he was chosen to visit Iraq and Afghanistan this summer was because Tennessee has one of the strongest contingents of military service personnel in the country. Haslam spoke at an event on the plaza of the Tennessee Tower in a ceremony that honored […]
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State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says a new request for a waiver on the No Child Left Behind law will be hundreds of pages long, as opposed to the original app’s slim seven-and-a-half pages. But Huffman is still sounding an optimistic tone on the state’s chances of approval.
Educators have complained about how time-consuming the new system is. The department was given the go-ahead Friday to streamline it.
Vanderbilt College Republicans visited Occupy Nashville protesters camped out on Tennessee’s Legislative plaza. The students tried to convince the demonstrators that President Obama is the real culprit for the country’s economic problems and sense of dissatisfaction.
Complaints reiterated from opponents of last legislative session’s teacher-tenure revamp. Advocates of state’s fledgling eval system say give it at least a year before declaring it a failure.
Are vouchers an opportunity for a high-quality education or a bailout for private schools? Lawmakers debated a plan by Rep. Bill Dunn to give vouchers to poor students in the state’s four largest counties.
Legislators don’t seem especially caught up in debate over the state’s new curfew policy the Haslam administration used to arrest protesters late last week, but the matter did stir some broad opinions.
Former Gov. Phil Bredesen said a report critical of the tax variances awarded by former Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr was motivated by politics. Bredesen made the comments following a discussion Tuesday with students at the University of the South in Sewanee.
Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday the best reaction to a comptroller’s report widely seen as critical of former Department of Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr is to establish clearly defined procedures for tax variances granted by the commissioner. “I just got a copy and read it over the weekend,” Haslam said of the report (pdf). “For […]
Gov. Bill Haslam said he had been told specific legislation would be required for the federal government to release $82 million in TennCare funds owed to the state. Haslam said getting such a bill passed “will be difficult.” Cuts to Tennessee’s version of Medicaid are expected.