Topic: Joe Pitts
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Nashville, 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 Representative Joe Pitts
Nashville, 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.
First week sees Organizational Activities
Nashville, 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 Appointed to Serve on Education Instruction and Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees
Pitts also appointed to the Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee
Nashville, 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.”
Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
Nashville, 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 Representative Joe Pitts
Clarksville, 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.
Written by Joe Pitts
Nashville, 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
I am hoping, during your shopping time over the next few days, you will purchase one, two or half a dozen and make these available to a group of our senior “saints.” «Read the rest of this article»
Encourages public input on state standards
Nashville, 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»
Clarksville, 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.
Clarksville, TN – Across Tennessee yesterday, the voters went to the polls to select their representatives for a variety of Federal, State, and Local offices. In Montgomery County voters cast ballots for the Tennessee Governor, U.S. Senator, a Congressman , three Tennessee House seats, the Clarksville City Mayor, and half of the city council seats. Voters also cast ballots on 4 seperate Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution, and a local referendum on allowing retail food stores to offer sell wine in Clarksville; all were approved. Voter turnout was exceptionally low with just 8.09% of the voters choosing to cast ballots in Montgomery county.
In a hard-fought race to become the next Mayor of the city of Clarksville, current Mayor Kim McMillan was reelected with 46.47% of the vote. Challengers Bill Summers and Jeff Burkart split 53.45% of the vote.
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