Reformers, politicians quick to tie TN test gains to new policies - Tennessean They grouped Tennessee with the other ... tenure in 2010 initial moves toward ... to ease charter school restrictions, undo collective bargaining ... 11/24/2013 - 3:18 pm | View Link
Tennessee shows fastest improvement on 'nation's report card' though scores still lag national average MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. — After Tennessee students "blew away" the competition on a national exam and made the state the fastest-improving in the union, Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman took a break from their victory lap to set their sights on a new goal. 11/8/2013 - 12:21 am | View Link
Tennessee shows fastest improvement on 'nation's report card' though scores still lag national average He later tweeted "TN moves from the 40s to the 30s in state rankings ... the state has in the last two administrations altered its teacher retirement program, crushed collective bargaining rights and sought to tie teacher licensure status to student ... 11/7/2013 - 2:55 pm | View Link
Educational reforms raise bar for Tennessee teachers The state in recent years has revamped the teacher pension system, quashed collective bargaining rights ... Pro and con Opponents say the state school board's moves are disrespectful toward teachers and add to the damaging policies enacted in recent ... 06/23/2013 - 3:31 am | View Link
A look at Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's first year in office Teachers voiced misgivings about the tenure and charter school measures last year, though more were concerned with the collective bargaining measure ... Education Association has characterized the new moves as "a blatant attack on Tennessee's public ... 01/14/2012 - 7:55 pm | View Link
Tennessee ‘in Fervor’ to Meet RTT Goals During the 2011 legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers also addressed education with a bill making tenure more difficult to achieve, a bill lifting the 90-school cap on charters, and a bill abolishing collective bargaining privileges for the state's ... 06/30/2011 - 7:36 am | View Link
Greg Johnson: Conservative agenda on the right track in Tennessee "The right of all citizens to protest and assemble peacefully ... up an ossified education establishment that entrenched itself by giving generously to now-defeated Tennessee Democrats. The Tennessee Education Association and its affiliates have a virtual ... 03/17/2011 - 1:00 pm | View Link
A plan to help struggling hospitals that cater to minority and low-income patients in New York City that has been under consideration for more than a year is causing friction between the state’s Congressional delegation and the Obama administration, and leading to heated words between Albany and Washington. Read full article >>
President Obama’s nominee to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service testified at a Senate hearing Wednesday with lawmakers expressing virtually no resistance to his confirmation. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) encouraged his colleagues to approve restructuring expert John Koskinen quickly so the full Senate could vote on his nomination.
Proximity is power, it is said. The closer to the Oval Office, the more powerful you are. And when a beleaguered, second-term president brings in some heavyweights to help his administration, location counts. Read full article >>
An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story.
So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have been killed by firearms—including hundreds of young children, as documented in our latest investigation.
At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown
Interactive: Portraits of the Hundreds of Children Killed
The Gun Lobby's Stealth Assault on Small-Town America
The Producer of Bushmaster Assault Rifles Has Made a Killing
Explore the Data: Kids Killed by Guns Since Newtown
See our full special report on gun violence in the past year.
But no, the gun lobby did not "win." The real action after Newtown was not in the nation's capital—it was in most statehouses around the country, where no fewer than 114 bills were signed into law, aiming in both political directions.
OWENSBORO, Ky. — How, exactly, did Congress manage to kick 4-year-old Carli Hopkins out of her preschool? Carli asked after it happened. Her mother didn’t try to explain. The child was still too young to learn about politicians. Read full article >>