tennessee

5:29pm

Thu November 3, 2011
State Spokeswoman says Practice Year "Hurtful"

Educators Look For "Practice" Evaluation Year

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) Some Tennessee lawmakers and teachers said Wednesday they would like this to be a pilot year for a new evaluation system that for the first time will use students' standardized test scores as part of the process.

Members of the House Education Committee heard testimony from school administrators and teachers about the evaluation, which is comprised of 35 percent of students' value-added test scores that track students' progress on standardized tests over time. Many educators say that's an unfair measurement because students test differently.

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5:22pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Nissan Event Largest Held in Tennessee

Murf. Job Fair Attracts 3800+

MURFREESBORO, TN (AP) An estimated 3,800 people waited in line in Murfreesboro hoping to get one of the 1,600 jobs at Nissan as the automotive manufacturer looks to ramp up hiring for a new battery plant at its Smyrna facility.

Yates Services, a maintenance contractor at the plant, held a job fair on Wednesday for part-sorting, production line and forklift positions and the response was the largest turnout for any Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce job fair.

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3:35pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Is Demonstrating Un-American?

Burriss on Media: Protests

     I made a silly mistake in class last year, and asked my students how many of them remember the riots that helped end the Vietnam War.  Of the 40-some students, only one was old enough to remember those days of demonstrations, tear gas and arrests.

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11:32am

Wed November 2, 2011
Gov. Notes Restraining Order is Temporary

Governor Haslam Unapologetic For Protester Arrests

        Governor Haslam is not backing down after a federal judge temporarily blocked his efforts to clear protesters off of Legislative Plaza.

          Protesters were granted a restraining order Monday, barring the state from making further arrests after more than 50 of their number were taken into custody on the Plaza over the weekend by State Troopers.

          In a news conference yesterday, Governor Haslam did not admit defeat or to any mistake, saying that deteriorating safety and sanitary conditions on the plaza required a response.

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11:23am

Wed November 2, 2011
Show Originated at Famed Bluebird Cafe in 1999

"Freedom Sings" Returns to Tennessee

          The multimedia experience Freedom Sings opens this afternoon at 2:20 in the Tucker Theater here on the Middle Tennessee State campus.

          Freedom Sings is a celebration of America’s protest music, banned and censored songs. The show debuted at the Bluebird Café in 1999 and now tours nationwide.

          Before the show, you can take a look at some of the original mediafeatured in the program courtesy of MTSU's Center for Popular Music. 

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