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APSU College of Education prepares local teachers for 2017 Solar Eclipse

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On June 21st, Austin Peay State Univeristy (APSU) hosted an educational summit, “Preparing for the Big Event,” which provided elementary and middle school teachers from across Middle Tennessee with strategies on how to incorporate the eclipse into subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, art and music.

More than 4,000 years ago, Chung K’ang, the fourth emperor of the Hea dynasty in China, reportedly executed two astronomers named Hi and Ho because they didn’t predict a solar eclipse.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts tries out a pair of solar glasses during a recent educational summit at APSU.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts tries out a pair of solar glasses during a recent educational summit at APSU.

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Thanks Legislature for Partnering to Make Largest Investment in K-12 Without a Tax Increase

 

Tennessee General Assembly Passes Legislation to Strengthen K-12 and Higher Education

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – On Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam thanked members of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly for their work this session and partnership in passing a balanced budget and legislation to continue the state’s focus on education.

“For Tennesseans who don’t follow news out of the State Capitol every day, I think you can take away two main things from this session: education and fiscal strength,” stated Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Basic Education Program Enhancement Passes Legislature With Broad Support

 

Strengthens Education Funding Formula, Will Implement Record-Breaking Investment in K-12

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised overwhelming passage by the 109th Tennessee General Assembly of the Basic Education Program (BEP) Enhancement Act, which strengthens the funding formula for K-12 education in Tennessee.

The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget approved by the General Assembly last week and this corresponding legislation enhance the BEP, making the largest investment in K-12 education in Tennessee’s history without a tax increase.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Department of Education Launches Initiative to Nearly Double Reading Proficiency in Third Grade By 2025

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen joined Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today to kick off “Read to be Ready,” a statewide campaign focused on the critical value of reading.

Over the past several years, student performance on the English language arts TCAP has remained stagnant or declined. By the end of third grade, only 43 percent of students in Tennessee are reading on grade level.

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How much does the Home Life of a Child effect their Education

 

TeachersClarksville, TN – Educators have been under the gun for the perceived lack of progress children are making in school. All kinds of arm chair jockeys have jumped in to “fix” the educational system. Testing has become the mecca for deciding what a child knows or doesn’t know. Evaluating teachers has become the bar for whether or not they retain their jobs.

Let’s look at the other side of the picture for a minute as we start to throw the baby out with the bathwater in education.

How Much Influence on a Child's Education Does Home Life Provide.

How Much Influence on a Child’s Education Does Home Life Provide.

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Tennessee General Assembly Hears Governors State Of The State Address

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint convention of the legislature this week, unveiling his budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Haslam addressed multiple issues during the State of the State, the most prominent of which include job recruitment and workforce development, a continued push to make government more efficient and effective, and major investments in both K-12 and higher education.

Among the key points in the Governor’s speech was a focus on a balanced budget, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, and the proposal of 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries — the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in state history.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveils budget proposal; Makes largest K-12 Education Investment without a Tax Increase in state History.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveils budget proposal; Makes largest K-12 Education Investment without a Tax Increase in state History.

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Dreams and Bones are what we’re made of

 

TeachersClarksville, TN – David Mallet is a folk singer and song writer whose name you may or may not know. Originally from Maine, he lived in Nashville for many years but returned to his home state in 1997. His signature theme is called “Garden Song” and contains the line, “We are made of dreams and bones.” Somehow this describes the human condition as only a poet can.

When educating a child, one has to always keep in mind the dual side of our existence on this planet. It’s not uncommon when you are working diligently on some concept to be interrupted by a kindergartener or first grader who claims dramatically that he is bleeding and be shown a pinprick at the end of a tiny finger. The intellect and physical life of a child are always interconnected.

Education curriculum needs to go back to the basics.

Education curriculum needs to go back to the basics.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Unveils 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Highlights focus on education, public safety, more efficient government

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – With the Second Regular Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly now in full swing, lawmakers are busy in Nashville meeting with constituents and colleagues, voting on legislation on the House floor, and working to shepherd their bills through the legislative committee process.

As House business continues at full-speed, Governor Haslam is also working on his legislative agenda, notifying lawmakers he will focus his efforts this year on making improvements to state education and public safety policies, while also working to make government more efficient and effective.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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TNGOP Chairman Ryan Haynes on Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s 2016 State of the State Address

 

Tennessee Republican PartyNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam this evening went before the Tennessee General Assembly to give his 2016 State of the State Address and present his budget priorities for the state.

Haslam’s speech talked about Tennessee’s success in education and the fact more Tennesseans have a job today than at any point in state history.

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Tennessee Republican Party

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