NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A task force appointed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has skipped over the question of whether to create a school voucher program. Instead, the panel's most spirited debate earlier this week was about how soon vouchers could begin to be offered in Tennessee.
Jerry Winters is a spokesman for the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Teacher’s Association. He’s attended four of the task force meeting and says it’s clear the panel members have already made up their minds to recommend a voucher program.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT) -- State legislators recently wrapped up the work of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly and WMOT is asking newsmakers from across the political spectrum to share their impressions of the session.
Today we hear the views of Gera Summerford, president of the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Education Association.
Summerford says that, compared to last year when the legislature enacted a number of measures the TEA opposed, this most recent session was far less confrontational.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of Middle Tennessee educators have dropped union memberships since state lawmakers stripped the organizations of collective bargaining rights earlier this year.
The Tennessean reports that membership in the Metro Nashville Education Association is down by about 500. Sumner County reports roughly the same number of educators there have also dropped union memberships.
Rutherford County seems to be an exception with only about 100 teachers dropping their union.