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New Report Outlines Innovative Steps for Creating Transformational Leadership Pipelines in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing a new report from the state’s Transformational Leadership Advisory Council, which recognized the importance of developing school leaders as a critical lever for supporting student achievement.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen convened the advisory council in October 2015, and it included representatives from the state, advocacy organizations, national stakeholders, higher education, and school districts.

Support the development, expansion, and evaluation of regional providers that focus on innovative leader development models in Tennessee

Support the development, expansion, and evaluation of regional providers that focus on innovative leader development models in Tennessee

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Two Residents of Campbell Crossing Named as 2016 WinningEdge Scholars

 

Campbell CrossingFort Campbell, KY – Two Campbell Crossing residents have been selected as recipients of the 2016 WinningEdge Scholarship sponsored by WinnCompanies.

Nia Gibbs-Francis and Caitlin Hertzendorf, were among 43 national winners of the scholarship awarded annually by WinnCompanies, the national property management firm that serves Campbell Crossing

(L) Nia Gibbs-Francis, recipient of the $1,000 WinningEdge Scholarship, will continue her studies in Social Work at Austin Peay University. (R) Caitlin Hertzendorf, recipient of the $1,000 WinningEdge Scholarship, will attend Colgate University this fall.

(L) Nia Gibbs-Francis, recipient of the $1,000 WinningEdge Scholarship, will continue her studies in Social Work at Austin Peay University. (R) Caitlin Hertzendorf, recipient of the $1,000 WinningEdge Scholarship, will attend Colgate University this fall.

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Tennessee Senate 22nd Senatorial District candidate David Cutting spoke at 108th annual Lone Oak Picnic

 

Election 2016Cunningham, TN – Tennessee Senate 22nd Senatorial District candidate David L. Cutting spoke Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at the 108th annual Lone Oak Picnic put on by the Central Civitan Club.

“I am big on healthcare, education, helping our veterans and elderly, infrastructure and jobs. It’s very important to get jobs into the area. We are even looking a attracting an amusement park into the area. That would bring in tourists, tourist money, have something for our youth to do and additional place for our youth to work,” stated Cutting.

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Tennessee Senate 22nd District candidate Lori Smith talked at 108th annual Lone Oak Picnic

 

Election 2016Cunningham, TN – On Saturday, July 30th, 2016 Lori L. Smith, candidate for the Tennessee Senate 22nd Senatorial District spoke to the audience at the 108th annual Lone Oak Picnic put on by the Central Civitan Club.

“I am running for State Representative with three legislative priorities,” said Smith. “Protecting our active duty military and our veterans, property tax relief has not been fully restored and it should be and addressing PTSD. There are things we can do to vacillate mental health professionals more available for our veterans.”

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Governor Bill Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission

 

Krause successfully launched Tennessee Promise as executive director of Drive to 55

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

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Cursive Writing: Thing of the Past or Necessity?

 

EducationClarksville, TN – In 2014, the Tennessee Legislature passed a law that cursive writing had to be taught in public schools. The sequence of events leading up to this and the political influences that had caused cursive writing to be almost a lost art reveal the trends not only in education but in society itself.

Cursive writing is also called longhand, script, handwriting, looped writing, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing. This style of penmanship handwriting where letters or symbols are conjoined in a flowing manner. The original purpose of this type of writing was to make the process faster.

Cursive Writing is at a crossroads, with many schools dropping it from their core curriculum.

Cursive Writing is at a crossroads, with many schools dropping it from their core curriculum.

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Consumer Reports Partners with Reveal to Investigate the Nation’s $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis

 

What Caused The Student Debt Crisis and What People Can Do About It

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports has partnered with the nonprofit Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to produce a special report examining the nation’s growing student debt crisis, in which some 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion. The report explores how the crisis occurred, and what people—including parents and students—can do about it today.

The education debt report is being released concurrently today by both institutions, with a cover story in Consumer Reports’ August issue, and online at both ConsumerReports.org/studentdebt and RevealNews.org/studentdebt

Consumer Reports survey finds 45% of people who have left college with student loan debt say college was not worth the cost; More than half reported problems making loan payments at least once.

Consumer Reports survey finds 45% of people who have left college with student loan debt say college was not worth the cost; More than half reported problems making loan payments at least once.

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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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