Thu August 15, 2013

Tenn. Teacher's Union Opposes Licensure Proposal

Credit teateachers.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The state's largest teachers' union is challenging a proposal that would tie teacher licensure to student test data.

The Tennessee Education Association held a press conference Wednesday to voice its opposition to using the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, which measures how much students improve in a year.

Currently, professional teaching licenses are renewed for 10 years without regard to teacher effectiveness. Under the proposal, a teacher's license renewal would depend in part on Value-Added data.

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Thu August 15, 2013

Campfield Bill Called a "Challenge" to Religious Freedom

Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, District 7 — Part of Knox County
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — State Representative Stacey Campfield has filed a bill that he says would assure students and teachers they could wish others Merry Christmas.

The Knoxville Republican says his bill would stop what he called silly lawsuits.

“It’s never been a big problem in the past, but suddenly everybody – there’s a lot of people who’ve become anti-Christian and things along those lines and are really trying to push it to where no one can ever say even ‘Merry Christmas’ to someone without being scared of a lawsuit.”

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Fri August 9, 2013

Is the Obama-Putin Meeting Cancellation Political Theatre?

Credit whitehouse.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — A mid-state political scientist - who specializes in Russia studies - says president Obama’s decision to cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin may be largely for show.

Middle Tennessee State University professor Andrei Korobkov notes that the U.S. continues to interact with Russia on several other diplomatic fronts in spite of the decision to cancel the Obama-Putin summit meeting.

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Fri July 26, 2013

Enviro Group Pans House Bill Concerning Coal Ash Oversight

A map detailing coal ash storage sites across the southeast.
Credit courtesy: southeastcoalash.org

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation giving states greater control over the management of coal ash.

Focus on coal ash increased after a 2008 leak in East Tennessee contaminated nearby waterways and required a massive cleanup.

The ash is a byproduct of coal combustion that poses environmental threats in landfills but is also commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products.

Some Democrats see the measure as yet another attempt by Republicans to undermine the EPA. But the bill passed with bipartisan support.

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Mon July 22, 2013

Blackburn Push On Ceiling Fans Gets National Attention

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s effort to short-circuit new Obama Administration appliance energy efficiency standards is getting national attention.

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, including a large swath of Middle and West Tennessee stretching from Clarksville to Franklin to Savannah.

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