Politics

12:11pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Politics

Could SCORE Recommendations Cause a Teacher Shortage in Tennessee?

Credit tnscore.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An influential education advocacy group is pushing for Tennessee teacher candidates to face higher academic standards before they even begin taking college classes.

The move by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education comes after state education officials linked teacher effectiveness to better ACT scores.

SCORE says some colleges and universities admit teacher education students with marks as low as 15 on the college admissions test.

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10:38am

Fri February 1, 2013
Politics

Tennessee Legislator Heads National Black Caucus

Rep. Joe Armstrong, Dem-Knoxville, District 15
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Democratic Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been selected to be the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for the next two years.

The Caucus was founded in 1977 to develop and promote educational, research and training programs that help African-American lawmakers be more effective when introducing legislation.

Armstrong says issues currently at the top of the caucus agenda include job growth and expansion of the Affordable Health Care Act.

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8:59am

Tue November 13, 2012
Politics

Questions About Election Day Voting Irregularities

Credit State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A coalition of Nashville poll watchers wants an audit of problems they documented with Election Day voting.

Mary Mancini is the director of Tennessee Citizen Action, which organized the poll watching effort. She says that the coalition command center fielded over 600 calls on Election Day.

Problems included too few poll workers, workers who gave voters inaccurate information and polling places that ran out of provisional ballots and change-of-address forms.

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1:16pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics

MTSU Poll: Gov. Haslam Gets High Marks from Voters

Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
Credit State of Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Following the bruising political battles of the just completed election season, some surprising findings are out today concerning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University continue to release results gleaned from their October phone survey of 650 state residents.

The latest numbers indicate that Governor Haslam, a Republican, has high job approval ratings right across the political spectrum.

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12:21pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Politics

Tennessee Democrats Want More Money for Pre-K

Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner
Credit State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Democratic leaders say they plan to talk with Gov. Bill Haslam about expanding pre-kindergarten classes after the state's education commissioner said he doesn't plan to request funding for an expansion.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Commissioner Kevin Huffman spoke earlier this week during the governor's budget hearings. Haslam has asked state departments to develop plans for a 5 percent cut in spending as a fallback.

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