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Tennessee Higher Education Commission Releases Snapshot of Higher Education Data for 2015-16 Academic Year

 

Tennessee Higher Education CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has released the redesigned 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book, providing a snapshot of higher education as Tennessee moves toward the goals of the Drive to 55.

The publication includes information about the 244,572 students enrolled in public higher education in Tennessee in Fall 2015 and shows how programs such as Tennessee Promise have begun to shape the state’s higher education landscape.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book

Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book

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Austin Peay State University nursing student wins THEC community service award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Navdeep Saini, who may well be the nicest student attending Austin Peay State University, doesn’t like to talk about himself that much. If pressed, he’ll admit that he speaks six languages and has a degree in biotechnology (that he earned in Russian), but talking about his accomplishments seems to embarrass him.

He looked particularly shy at APSU’s Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop earlier this month when someone asked Saini about another accolade.

Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini

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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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Senator Sara Kyle reflects on 109th Tennessee General Assembly

 

Senator passed meaningful, progressive legislation in her first term

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly reached its final adjournment yesterday, and state Senator Sara Kyle completed her first term as an advocate for women and economic justice with an ability to pass good legislation.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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109th Tennessee General Assembly a session of success

 

Tennessee Republican PartyNashville, TN – The sine die resolution has passed, officially bringing a close to the 109th Tennessee General Assembly in the state’s capital.

The Tennessee Republican Party released the following statement about the final session from Chairman Ryan Haynes:

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Basic Education Program Enhancement Passes Legislature With Broad Support

 

Strengthens Education Funding Formula, Will Implement Record-Breaking Investment in K-12

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised overwhelming passage by the 109th Tennessee General Assembly of the Basic Education Program (BEP) Enhancement Act, which strengthens the funding formula for K-12 education in Tennessee.

The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget approved by the General Assembly last week and this corresponding legislation enhance the BEP, making the largest investment in K-12 education in Tennessee’s history without a tax increase.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Austin Peay State University announces APSU Governors Stadium to be renamed Fortera Stadium

 

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s historic Governors Stadium will soon don a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union. The 25-year, $2.5 million agreement will see the home of APSU football be renamed Fortera Stadium.

Crews will begin work to install signage reflecting its new identity in the days to come as the University and Fortera prepare to celebrate a new era.  A celebration will take place Saturday, April 23rd at the home entrance of the stadium, following the final day of spring football practice. The event is free and open to the public.

APSU Governors Stadium to become Fortera Stadium. (APSU Sports Information)

APSU Governors Stadium to become Fortera Stadium. (APSU Sports Information)

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Clarksville Citizens testify before House Local Government Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Three citizens from Clarksville testified before the House Local Government Committee this week urging support for House Bill 2156 which helps restore some property tax relief for disabled veterans. There are currently several bills dealing with Property Tax Relief for veterans.

“I support these bills, and feel strongly that some tax relief will be funded in the 2016-17 budget,” Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson said.

Ms. Sherry Pickering with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition was first to testify. Also adding their expertise were Brenda Radford, Montgomery County Trustee, and Bill Summers, legislative representative for the Military Officer Association of American and a retired Air Force Officer.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

#SayDyslexia bill passes the Senate

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week.  This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.

House Bill 1410/Senate Bill 1484 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) cleared the House Local Full Committee this week and is now scheduled for the Finance Sub Committee on Tuesday, April 12th.  This legislation will repeal the “Save our Property Tax Relief” legislation, Public Chapter 481, which passed last year.

Representative Joe Pitts welcomes Clarksville teachers to the State Capitol on March 29th.  (L to R: Back Row) Maria Uffleman (TEA Uniserv), Robert Maglaughlin, P.T. Miller, Ray Szczepaniak, Becky Adames, State Representative Joe Pitts. (L to R: Front Row) Emily Clay, Wendy Gerhart, Karen Maglaughlin, Becky Jackman.

Representative Joe Pitts welcomes Clarksville teachers to the State Capitol on March 29th. (L to R: Back Row) Maria Uffleman (TEA Uniserv), Robert Maglaughlin, P.T. Miller, Ray Szczepaniak, Becky Adames, State Representative Joe Pitts. (L to R: Front Row) Emily Clay, Wendy Gerhart, Karen Maglaughlin, Becky Jackman.

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Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus says Let’s Apply the “Bell Plan” to Guns on Public Campuses

 

Amendment mirrors plan adopted by Tennessee General Assembly for private campuses this year; Requires new FOCUS Act boards work through, develop gun policies for public campuses

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – Lawmakers unsure whether to allow guns on public college campuses could apply the “Bell Plan” that was recently passed to require gun policies at private colleges and universities in Tennessee, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said.

“We’ve had a lot of debate this year about guns on campuses, with gun advocates hoping to expand the places where guns are allowed,” Senator Harris said. “On the other side of the debate, our public universities, faculty members, and state police chiefs, among others, are concerned about expanded gun access to college campuses. «Read the rest of this article»

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