Tag: Tennessee

Tennessee Democrats seek to address ‘broken’ education funding formula through flurry of bills

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Calling the state’s system for funding public education broken, Tennessee Democrats on Thursday urged the legislature to fix it and make a major investment that would hire more school-based nurses, counselors, and social workers.

They also proposed boosting funding toward teacher salaries, reducing class sizes in high-need elementary schools, developing grants for special education and increasing the number of specialists to work with struggling students.

“We are in

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Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, responding to educational challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, directed state lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass teacher pay raises and adopt a new reading benchmark for students to pass third grade.

But the Republican governor also had harsh remarks for schools that had rebuffed his push for in-person learning, declaring that those districts were not using science to make such decisions — a criticism that has sparked objections from Democratic lawmakers and education advocates.

“You can’t say follow the science and keep school closed,” Lee said. “You can’t say I believe in public

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Tennessee Education Association calls for mask mandate in schools

The Tennessee Education Association is calling for a mask mandate in schools, emergency state school funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), firm guidance for school closures, and other measures that will help mitigate the spread of coronavirus in schools. 

Active cases of COVID-19 are consistently higher among school staff than the general population, according to TEA President Beth Brown. 

“The importance of in-person instruction to the academic and emotional wellbeing of students is undisputed; however, the demonstrably higher infection rate of Tennessee school staff cannot be ignored,” Brown said in a letter to Gov. Bill Lee Tuesday.

“There are actions

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A Week In Tennessee On A $70,000 Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries, where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Today: a school leader who makes $70,000 and spends some of her money on a to-go cocktail.

Occupation: School Leadership
Industry: Education
Age: 30
Location: Tennessee
Salary: $70,000
Net Worth: -$10,000
Debt: $11,000
Pronouns: She/her

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $1,150 (for a one-bedroom apartment where I live alone)
Student Loans: $50 (I have about $2,000 in student loans from undergrad that I’m … Read more