Politics

10:19am

Tue March 11, 2014
Politics

Bill Gives Students Free Religious Expression

Credit gideons.org

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would allow a student to express a religious belief in a school assignment has passed the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Courtney Rogers of Goodlettsville was overwhelmingly approved 90-2 on Monday.

Under the proposal, a student could express beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content.

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10:14am

Tue March 11, 2014
Politics

Knoxville Lawsuit Challenges Use of Student Test Scores

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/TNS/WMOT) — Tennessee's largest teachers' union is suing the Knox County Board of Education, claiming the student test scores used to assess a teacher's performance were flawed and cost her a bonus.

 

The Tennessee Education Association has long argued that the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, shouldn't be relied upon because it's a statistical estimate.

The lawsuit says Knox County teacher Lisa Trout was unfairly denied the district's bonus after being misled about how her TVAAS estimate would be calculated.

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12:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Politics

Tenn. House Looks at "Merry Christmas" Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House is scheduled to take up legislation Monday night that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations, or religious displays.

The Senate version of the bill was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.

The legislation says schools can display scenes or symbols associated with such celebrations on school property, if the display includes more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol. Messages that encourage adherence to a particular religious belief are prohibited.

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10:59am

Thu March 6, 2014
Politics

Should State Board of Education Members be Elected or Appointed?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  The State General Assembly is considering measures that would change the way members of the State Board of Education are chosen, and Tennesseans are lining up for and against the proposals.

One proposal would make board posts elected positions. Another would take board appointments away from the governor and give them to the leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate.

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5:19pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Senate Leaders Threaten UT Funding Over Sex Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders in the state Senate are warning that new funding for the University of Tennessee could be threatened over the use of student fees for a weeklong program about sex.

Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham of Somerville and Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell of Riceville in a letter to university leaders Wednesday call the use of fees for the student-run Sex Week an "abuse" of funds.

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