Tue January 28, 2014

SCORE Pushes Common Core, Other Education Improvements

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An influential reform group has released its annual assessment of education in Tennessee.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, was founded by former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist and counts the education committee chairs in both chambers of the State Legislature among its leadership.

The report notes that SCORE believes Tennessee is at a “critical point in its work to improve student academic achievement.”

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Tue January 28, 2014

Obama to visit Tennessee After State of the Union Address

President Obama delivers his 2013 SOTU address.
Credit whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) —  President Obama will follow up Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to Congress with visits to several states, including Tennessee.

On Thursday, Obama will give a speech at McGavock High School in Nashville. He will reportedly highlight administration plans for boosting the economy and helping the unemployed.

WSMV-TV says a White House advance team visited McGavock yesterday. The President apparently chose McGavock because it’s nationally recognized for its career academies model of instruction.

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Wed January 22, 2014

Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Highlights Upcoming Tenn. Abortion Vote

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  Wednesday marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling on abortion. The decision gave women the right to make their own reproductive choices.

Tennessee may be on the verge of placing curbs on that right. This fall Tennesseans will get the chance to vote on a state constitutional amendment that would grant local lawmakers more power to regulate abortion.

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Tue January 21, 2014

Charter Schools Continue to Foster Controversy in Tennessee

Chris Barbic was named the superintendent of the Achievement School District in May 2011.
Credit achievementschooldistrict.org



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of an initiative to turn around Tennessee's lowest performing schools says diversity should not be a requirement of charter schools.

Chris Barbic, who heads the state's Achievement School District, recently spoke at a Lipscomb University forum.

Barbic told WPLN that diversity is a good goal for any public school, but shouldn't be the responsibility of charters, which are privately operated and publicly funded.

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Mon January 20, 2014

Appeals Court to Hear Case of Occupy Nashville

Credit occupynashville.org/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear Tennessee's appeal of a ruling that it violated the free speech rights of the Occupy Nashville movement by arresting protesters in 2011 on War Memorial Plaza.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 31 in Cincinnati.

A federal judge ruled in June that the state violated the free speech rights of seven plaintiff's rights when they were arrested based on a hastily written rule that banned camping on the plaza.

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