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Tennessee Promise Legislation for Students in National Guard or Reserves clears House Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts chosen by peers to serve as Secretary of the Tennessee Legislative Veterans Caucus

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 800 (Rep Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville)/Senate Bill 56 (Sen Mark Green, R-Clarksville) would authorize students who are members of the National Guard or a Reserve unit of a branch of the United States military and who are eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, but cannot enroll in college in the fall term immediately following completion of high school due to certain military commitments, to enroll in the first term beginning after completion of such commitments without losing eligibility for the scholarship.

The bill passed the Education Administration and Planning Full Committee on Tuesday, March 10th and is currently in Finance, Ways and Means.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans Hiring Preference Bill Fails in Tennessee House Subcommittee

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day legislation advances

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A bill designed to help veterans and their spouses find employment was defeated in the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives this week.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), would have enabled private employers to create written policies giving preference in hiring honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers.

The bill failed by a quick voice vote with no questions or discussion by the committee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Time for Tennessee Virtual Academy to go

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Just a few short years ago the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation that would allow for-profit companies to create and operate virtual public schools. These schools would have a state-wide reach and offer all classes on-line.

Immediately upon passage of the law, the company K12, Inc. contracted with the Union County Tennessee School District to set up the juggernaut now known as the Tennessee Virtual Academy, serving students in kindergarten through 7th grade.

Since its founding as a public virtual school, the Tennessee Virtual Academy has failed its students and the families who depend on our public education system to provide a good education for all students.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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109th Tennessee General Assembly begins Work

 

First week sees Organizational Activities

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Akin to watching paint dry, the first week of the 109th Tennessee Assembly’s legislative session was focused on organization of committees and finalizing legislation. Most committees met for preliminary business and to hear budget presentations by the various departments of state.

“While necessary but certainly not exciting, the first few days of session are mostly organizational in nature,” said Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Our committees are meeting to review rules and preview issues that may come before us in the coming weeks.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts Appointed to Serve on Education Instruction and Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees

 

Pitts also appointed to the Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) on Saturday was appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell to serve on the new Education Instruction & Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees in the 109th General Assembly.

“I am grateful for the appointments to these key committees in the House of Representatives,” said Pitts. “Education and jobs continue to be among my priorities and these appointments will help sharpen that focus for our next term.”

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“Listening Session” Scheduled January 20th Regarding Troop Reductions at Fort Campbell

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A new year is here and looking forward into 2015, we have much to be grateful for this year. I continue to be in awe and inspired by our soldiers and their families who continue to answer the clarion call. Let’s continue to keep them in our prayers every day.

I am writing to remind you of the “listening session” scheduled for Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 6:00pm at the Family Readiness Center inside Gate One at Fort Campbell. This listening session is our opportunity to demonstrate our tangible support for our soldiers and their families of Fort Campbell.

We are believing for a standing room only crowd that day and your attendance will make all the difference.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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“Listening Session” Scheduled Regarding Troop Reductions at Fort Campbell

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Clarksville, TN – A new year is here and looking forward into 2015, we have much to be grateful for this year. I continue to be in awe and inspired by our soldiers and their families who continue to answer the clarion call. Let’s continue to keep them in our prayers every day.

I am writing to remind you of the “listening session” scheduled for Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 6:00pm at the Family Readiness Center inside Gate One at Fort Campbell, KY.

This listening session is our opportunity to demonstrate our tangible support for our soldiers and their families of Fort Campbell. We are looking for a standing room only crowd that day and your attendance will make all the difference.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Blankets for Clarksville Senior Citizens

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative – District 67

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – This is the time of year when every organization seems to put out their “help needed” sign in our community. And each of these groups is worthy of our support.

I am adding another need to the list for our community. We have 20 senior citizens who are residents of the Lincoln Homes neighborhood and are in need of blankets in advance of the colder weather ahead

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Academic Standards Review Website

 

Encourages public input on state standards

Tennessee State Representative - House District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled a website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/ , where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state’s current K-12 academic standards.

Academic standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.

There are more than 1,100 for English language arts (ELA) and more than 900 for mathematics in Tennessee.

“There has been considerable concern about Common Core State Standards, currently in place state-wide,” said Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “The standards do offer some advantages for students and our public education system, but the quick roll-out did not, among other issues, allow time for educators, students and parents to understand how they work.” «Read the rest of this article»

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LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority Host Block Party in Lincoln Homes

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – On a crisp October Saturday LEAP organization in collaboration with the Clarksville Housing Authority hosted a Block Party in Lincoln Homes. Laughter could be heard as you approached the block party. It was coming from dozens and dozens of children enjoying free hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream as well as playing games, jumping in the inflatables provided by A Jump’n Good Time, and live music from DJ Greedy.

LEAP Site Lead Dorlisha White spearheaded the event with the help of Martha Witherspoon of the Housing Authority.

Block Party held in Lincoln Homes by LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority.

Block Party held in Lincoln Homes by LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority.

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