Tennessee Education Association CEO Carolyn Crowder, Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford and Hamilton County Education Association President Sandy Hughes, from left, speak to reporters and editors of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (01/21/14) / Photo by John Rawlston
Last year, the State Board of Education approved a plan that ties teacher licenses to student test performance, but the number of complaints is leading the board to consider alternative plans.
Officials with the Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee's largest teachers group, are touring the state in an attempt to reverse that policy, saying it puts jobs on the line and livelihoods at risk.
With propane in short supply and Tennessee bracing for another arctic cold snap, Governor Bill Haslam has issued an Executive Order that should speed up propane delivery over the next few days.
The State of Emergency declaration means truckers hauling propane in Tennessee are now allowed to exceed federal limits on the amount of time they spend on the road. Currently, those regulations restrict propane drivers to 70 hours per week, with no more than 11 hours on the road at a time. They must also leave 10 consecutive hours between shifts.
Since October, Knox County educators have been voicing frustrations about evaluations, curriculum requirements and work conditions, voices that grew louder as fall turned winter. In December, school officials announced the creation of an ad-hoc group composed of teachers and administrators to hear those concerns and report back to the board. That report is expected tonight.
A board that makes recommendations about the direction of the University of Tennessee's athletic department reversed a longstanding policy last year, leading to closed-door meetings, little written documentation and questions from the press and transparency advocates.
For years, motor vehicle accidents represented the leading cause of injury death in Tennessee, with suicides running a distant second. The Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2014 report released this week by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network suggests the two are now about equal.
In 2012, the last year in which state-specific data are available, 958 Tennesseans died on the roads. That same year, 956 took their own lives.
Governor Bill Haslam will try again to shepherd his proposal for a limited school voucher program through the Tennessee General Assembly this year.
The larger points of the proposal Haslam presented on Thursday are virtually identical to the bill he backed in 2013. A limited voucher program would give money to low-income students who attend failing public schools. The money would be applied to getting those students into other schools, typically private schools.