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President Donald Trump’s Administrations Coronavirus Response Is Protecting Americans

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – “The first duty of the federal government is to keep our citizens safe. Since the United States first became aware on December 30th of what has become known as the novel coronavirus, America’s public health officials have closely monitored the situation, worked to understand the virus and taken steps to limit Americans’ exposure to it,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and HHS Secretary Alex Azar write in USA Today.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Delivers 2020 State of the State Address

 

Focuses on public education, fiscal conservatism, and rural development

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Today, Monday, February 3rd, 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee delivered his State of the State address, showcasing Tennessee’s progress over the past year and outlining his legislative and budget priorities for the coming year.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee Needs at Least $54.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee needs at least $54.8 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2018 to June 2023—a $4.8 billion (9.7%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).

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Lamar Alexander reports Passage of National School Choice Week Resolution

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Congressional School Choice Caucus co-chair, introduced a resolution declaring this week as National School Choice Week. Senator Scott was joined by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The resolution was agreed to by the Senate.

“As someone who was raised in a single-parent household in a distressed community, I know all too well what it’s like to feel overlooked. I firmly believe that a child’s zip code should not affect his or her access to quality education nor should it affect the child’s future, which is why I proudly support National School Choice Week,” said Senator Tim Scott.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, January 18th, 2020

 

Tennessee General Assembly Reconvenes on January 14th, 2020

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Second Regular Session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly officially convened this week in Nashville as Republican leaders continued to focus on building upon their recent achievements.

Speaker Cameron Sexton gaveled members into session and also welcomed everyone back before sharing brief remarks with the body about the upcoming session:

The bill filing deadline for this year is set for Wednesday, February 5th. This means all proposals, except bills of local application, must be filed by that deadline in order to be heard for consideration during the 2020 legislative session.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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TennesseeCAN publishes 2019 Tennessee Policy Report Card

 

TennesseeCANNashville, TN – TennesseeCAN released the 2019 Tennessee Policy Report Card, scoring our state on 26 education policies that would help ensure every student receives a high-quality education through access to great teachers and great schools.

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), Grade 3-8 TNReady Scores and High School End of Course Exams.

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), Grade 3-8 TNReady Scores and High School End of Course Exams.

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Tennessee Graduation Rate Continues to Rise

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced that the graduation rate for the 2018-19 school calendar year was 89.7 percent. 

Not only is that more than half a percentage point higher than the previous year, but it’s the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee.  That translates into an increase of 183 graduates statewide.

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s School Choice Agenda Gains Momentum in Tennessee General Assembly

 

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Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s charter school bill passed in both the Tennessee General Assembly House and Senate education committees just one day after Governor Lee’s education savings account proposal advanced from the House curriculum subcommittee. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee Department of Education receives $1.2 Million in Funding to Increase Quality of Early Learning Programs

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday that Tennessee was awarded an additional $1.2 million to further support high-quality early learning programs for classrooms across the state.

This funding is in addition to the nearly $70 million in Preschool Development Grants (PDG) the state received in 2014 to support pre-K expansion and enhancement in Nashville and the Shelby County in disbursements over four years.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

 

Proposal part of governor’s NextTennessee legislative agenda

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens.

Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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