Mon February 10, 2014

Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  Tennessee teachers say the state has gone too far in using student test scores to assess their performance since winning the $500 million Race to the Top federal education grant competition in 2010.

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Thu February 6, 2014

A CLOSER LOOK: Gov. Haslam Touts Degree Compass

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A computer program modeled after software used by Netflix and Pandora to help customers make selections is also helping Tennessee students choose their college classes.

On Monday night, Governor Bill Haslam spent more than half of his State of the State speech talking about his goals for education. One of the initiatives the governor touted is the Degree Compass program developed by Austin Peay State University.

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Wed February 5, 2014

A CLOSER LOOK: Gov. Haslam Promotes SAILS Math Initiative

Children taking remedial math using the SAILS program initiated by Chattanooga State Community College.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Governor Haslam is including additional money in this year’s budget proposal for a program designed to help high school students struggling in math.

Education took up more than half of the Governor's State of the State speech Monday night. One of the first initiatives he mentioned was a program pioneered by Chattanooga State Community College called Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support, or SAILS.

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Tue February 4, 2014

Tenn. Bill to Ban Federal Health Care Law Delayed

Senator Mae Beavers
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NASHVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would ban new health insurance exchanges established under President Barack Obama's signature law has been delayed after a fiscal analysis projected the measure would cost the state more than $6 billion.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was delayed until next week in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Tuesday.

Beavers says she plans to talk with state officials to find out why the cost is so high.

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Tue February 4, 2014

UAW: Workers at VW's Tenn. Plant Voting Feb. 12-14

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DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — The United Auto Workers says employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will vote beginning Feb. 12 on whether they want the union to represent them.

The vote follows an agreement between the UAW and the German automaker, which decided not to challenge a unionization vote.

If union representation is approved, employees from the Chattanooga plant would be able to join what the German automaker calls its Global Work’s Council, which has input into company decisions.

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