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Lawmaker Moves to Drop Voucher Push
AP Thursday January 18, 2018

A Tennessee lawmaker has taken steps to follow through on a promise not to pursue school voucher legislation this year.
On Wednesday, Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville withdrew his bill from consideration for now.
Brooks and Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown have said that this year, they won't continue the longstanding push to implement school vouchers.
Vouchers allow public school children to use taxpayer money to go to private schools. Brooks and Kelsey had unsuccessfully advocated last year for a voucher pilot program in Shelby County.
Supporters say vouchers give parents choices. Opponents fear vouchers will drain funding from public schools.

 


School Board Rescheduled
Jay Walker Thursday January 18, 2018

The Warren County School Board meeting that was scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday night, Jan. 23rd. The meeting will be held at the Central Office and will begin immediately follow the committee meeting Tuesday at 5pm.

 


Officials Promise Better Teacher Preparation
AP Thursday January 18, 2018

Tennessee education officials plan to increase teacher preparation program outcomes across the state.
The Tennessean reports the promise follows the launch of a Tennessee Board of Education database detailing how many of the state's preparation programs aren't meeting expected quality standards. Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause said on Tuesday the state can do better.
State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says improvement plans include increased communication about state expectations to college presidents, connecting professors more closely to schools and state standard resources and a statewide school tour meant to introduce high-achieving, young students to the education profession.
In addition, the state has launched increased accountability measures, including annual reviews of program outcomes, and held expectation meetings with state college presidents.

 


TBI Used Reserve Funding to Avoid Layoffs
Thursday January 18, 2018

A report says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation used reserves over the last four years to avoid layoffs and operational gaps due to budget cuts required by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.
The state comptroller's office review says TBI has underestimated its costs and annually expected to operate at a budget shortfall with reserve accounts filling the gaps.
The report says TBI's reserve accounts have been greatly diminished. Additionally, the Tennessee commissioner of finance and administration swept more than $6.1 million from TBI's handgun permit fund in 2014 to put in Tennessee's general fund.
The report says TBI didn't request budget increases partly because its officials said they didn't expect approval through the governor's budget process.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn promised better communication and consideration of possibly charging for some services.

 


Power Supply Alert
Wednesday January 17, 2018

A power supply alert is in effect for the TVA service territory. McMinnville Electric System, Caney Fork Electric and TVA are asking all electric power consumers to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until Wednesday morning or further notice. Reducing your consumption of electricity will help you save on your electric bill and will help TVA avoid purchasing higher priced power from other parts of the country.
They suggest that you postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment, reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats to 66 degrees, and turn off all nonessential lights and appliances.

 

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