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Tennessee Department of Education announces TNReady Changes, Will Recompete Testing Contract

 

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Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced several new steps today to improve the state’s TNReady student assessment, including recompeting the state’s current testing vendor contract.

Additional steps include refining current Questar contract, revising timeline for online testing, engaging more teachers

Additional steps include refining current Questar contract, revising timeline for online testing, engaging more teachers

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Clarksville’s Moore Magnet Elementary School receives Tennessee STEM School Designation

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s Moore Magnet Elementary School and fourteen other schools have received the Tennessee STEM School Designation, the first in the state to receive this award.

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System awarded 1.6 million for Voluntary Pre-K program by Tennessee Department of Education

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that 18,320 students in 916 classrooms across the state will benefit from the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program in the 2018-19 school year. Nearly 95 percent of districts in Tennessee will receive VPK funding designed to serve 4-year-olds who are at-risk and those in high-priority communities.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System awarded $1,592,583.88 for 17 Voluntary Pre-K Classrooms in 2018-19.

Nearly All Tennessee Districts Awarded Funding to Support Excellent Voluntary Pre-K Programs.

Nearly All Tennessee Districts Awarded Funding to Support Excellent Voluntary Pre-K Programs.

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Tennessee General Assembly Passes 2018-2019 Budget

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close.  The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens.  The bill focuses on the four “e’s” of Tennessee:  employment, education, economic opportunity and enforcement of the law.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee House Democrats call for Education Commissioner’s Resignation

 

Tennessee House DemocratsNashville, TN – The Tennessee House Democratic Caucus yesterday called for the resignation of Candace McQueen, the state Commissioner of Education.

The move comes in the wake of problems administering the statewide testing system known as TN Ready.

The on-line tests experienced connectivity problems Tuesday across the state, followed by apparently different connection problems Wednesday. Education officials said on Twitter that Wednesday’s issues may have been attributable to a cyber “attack”.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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Tennessee Department of Education approves New Steps to Reduce Testing

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the approval of recommendations that will reduce student testing in 2018-19.

The recommendations are the first to be released by the state’s third Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment – which includes educators, parents, and education leaders from across the state – and they resulted from months of analysis and discussion, as well as additional surveys of high school teachers and parents. 

For the first time, Tennessee Department of Education eliminates two TNReady exams.

For the first time, Tennessee Department of Education eliminates two TNReady exams.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 1st, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts was honored Thursday, March 29th, 2018 on the House Floor for his twelve years of service to his constituents in the 67th District and the citizens of Tennessee. 

Rep. Pitts earlier this year announced that he would not run for re-election to the House.

His wife, Cynthia, joined him on the House Floor. 

As for his future plans, Rep. Pitts said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

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Tennessee to Undertake First Ever Security Assessment of All Schools and Target $30 Million to Address Immediate Security Needs

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the school safety working group he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations - Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations – Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

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Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and low-income elderly homeowners

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville) was passed in the Senate as amended and is now headed to the Governor. The amendment would include the veteran’s spouse.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

“Thank you to the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, the County Officials Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller for their help with this legislation,” said Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Comprehensive Plan to Transform Principal Leadership in Tennessee Schools

 

The Transforming School Leadership Initiative Leverages Both State and Private Dollars

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced a comprehensive initiative to transform the leadership of Tennessee’s schools by improving the preparation, retention, and development of school principals.

The Transforming School Leadership initiative leverages both state and private dollars to improve school leader preparation programs, reward and retain individuals effectively leading the state’s lowest performing schools, and provide networking opportunities and support for principals in rural communities.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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