Clarksville, 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.
Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, 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.
Clarksville, 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.
Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson
Highlights focus on education, public safety, more efficient government
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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.
Tennessee Board of Regents Co-Requisite Remediation Model Produces Giant Leaps in Student Success in Math and English
Nashville, TN – A new approach to remediation is dramatically increasing the number of students successfully completing their first college-level English and math courses at colleges and universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
Known as a “co-requisite” approach, the new model places students in supplemental learning support classes while also enrolling them in their first credit-bearing courses. In a 2014 pilot program conducted at nine of the state’s 13 community colleges, the system saw completion rates for college math jump from 12 percent to 61 percent, and from 31 to 64 percent for English.
Senators Introduce Bills to Make College More Affordable and Help Americans Struggling With Education Debt
Washington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, praised a group of Senators today for introducing a package of bills that will help make college more affordable and assist those struggling to pay off their education debt.
The bills aim to ensure Pell grants cover more of the cost of higher education, enable Americans to refinance their loans at lower rates, and create a path for more students to afford community college without going into debt.
Legislation focuses on education, public safety, efficient and effective state government
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced his legislative agenda for the 2016 session, continuing his focus on education, public safety and efficient and effective state government.
“A major focus this session will be on the next step in the Drive to 55: making sure our colleges and universities are organized and empowered in the best way to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential,” Haslam said.
Clarksville, TN – A large group of professionals get together and plan an extensive training just for you. The entire purpose of this training is to help you become successful in whatever career you choose. Can you picture this.
These people are serious about creating challenges for every aspect of your interests and talents. They spend not only the hours of the day for which they are paid but stay late and constantly design even better training tools.
In the summer they take extra classes to hone their skills. They spend their own money to supplement the meager tools and equipment their company provides for them. They read constantly to learn new techniques that can make their professional skills more proficient.
Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly reconvened on Capitol Hill this week to begin work on a number of important issues facing Tennessee. I was pleased to officially be named as Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.
On Monday, the Brig. Gen. Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor Bill Haslam. This project was years in the making, and I am pleased that it is finally opened to serve our veterans.
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