Education

6:58am

Thu April 12, 2012
"Law Undermines Education in Tennessee"

ACLU to Challenge "Monkey" Law

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s already talking to potential plaintiffs about challenging Tennessee’s so-called "monkey law."

The measure became law Tuesday without Governor Haslam’s signature. The governor complained that the bill would likely cause confusion, but also noted that it passed with comfortable margins in both chambers of the Tennessee legislature.

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6:51am

Thu April 12, 2012
Davis Says Give Parents Bigger Say

State PTA Pres. Disturbed by Parental Invovlement Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers appear determined to legislate parent involvement in the education of their children and that has the head of the state Parent Teacher Association fired up.

Legislators are considering one measure that would have parents rate themselves on their level of involvement. A second proposal would ask school districts to develop a parental involvement contract .

Karen Davis, President of the Tennessee PTA is opposed to both measures.

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12:17pm

Tue February 21, 2012
Chancellor Morgan Reacts to President's Initiative

TBR Says Nothing to Fear from Obama Initiative

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan
photo courtesy TBR

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 46 institutions of higher learning governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents have nothing to fear from President Barack Obama’s latest education initiative, according to TBR Chancellor John Morgan. 

The Associated Press says in a story released Monday that the Obama administration is concerned about rising student debt, which now averages over $25,000. The president is also reportedly concerned by the apparent disconnect between what students learn at the nation's universities and the skills employers say they're looking for.

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6:33pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Tenn. Promises Significant Student Improvement

Will No Child Waiver Boost Teacher Morale?

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he hopes Tennessee's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law boosts teacher morale.

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that Tennessee is among 10 states to receive the waiver.

No Child Left Behind requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, which critics say is unrealistic.

Phil Waldrop, the Associate Dean at Middle Tennessee State’s College of Education says it’s one less thing for teachers to worry about.

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11:33am

Wed February 8, 2012
Haslam Proposes Lifting Class Size Limits

Governor's Education Plan Gets Chilly Reception

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators.

The Republican is calling the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to hike teacher salaries. Haslam told reporters after visiting a Maury County middle school Tuesday that Tennessee is the only state to set maximums for both total and average class sizes.

Haslam says increasing class size means schools could get by with fewer teachers, freeing up the money needed to pay the remaining teachers higher salaries.

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