Politics

9:00am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Resolution Expresses Regret for Trail of Tears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution that expresses regret for the Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears has been approved in the House.

The measure sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin was unanimously approved 90-0 on Thursday.

Several Democratic lawmakers commended the sponsors for the resolution that acknowledges sincere regret to the tribes involved in the U.S. government's forced removal of more than 15,000 Native Americans from ancestral homes in the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma in 1838 and 1839. Thousands died.

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8:59am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Bill Shields School Religious Displays from Suits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations and religious displays has been approved in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden was overwhelmingly approved 83-4 on Thursday. The Senate version was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.

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8:16am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

Bill to Derail Common Core Education Standards Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to dial back the implementation of Tennessee's Common Core standards has failed this session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was defeated 7-2 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The standards are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.

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8:14am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

UT President Says School Can't Ban Sex Week Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro is urging lawmakers not to pursue legislation that would penalize the school over its student-run Sex Week.

In a letter to Senate leaders, DiPietro argues that First Amendment protections prevent the school from ending the event that has raised the hackles of GOP leaders in the General Assembly.

The letter is in response to one written earlier by the chairs of two Senate committees, warning that new UT funding could be threatened if Sex Week wasn't put to a halt.

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8:13am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

Measure Would Prohibit Teacher Licensure Rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was approved in the Senate Education Committee 7-2 on Wednesday.

The Tennessee Department of Education recommended the new licensure policy, and the State Board of Education voted in August to support it. However, the board changed its stance in January.

Bell's legislation would prevent the policy from taking effect if the board approves it.

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