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Trouble For Tennessee's State-Run District As Another Charter School Pulls Out

A fourth charter operator has pulled out of an agreement to take over a low-performing school as part of Tennessee's Achievement School District. This cancellation has a particularly personal sting for the ASD's superintendent. YES Prep is walking away, after more than a year of legwork.
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Teachers in Tennessee are on track to get some temporary relief from the pressure of testing.

The state House of Representatives has approved a plan put together by Gov. Bill Haslam to change the weighting of test scores for two years. The governor says the break is needed while the state replaces the TCAP with a new standardized test.

The plan, House Bill 108, temporarily rewrites Tennessee's teacher-evaluation formula.

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A fourth charter operator has pulled out of an agreement to take over a low-performing school as part of Tennessee's Achievement School District. This cancellation has a particularly personal sting for the ASD's superintendent.

YES Prep is walking away, after more than a year of legwork.

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Tennesseans will soon face more restrictions on cold medicines, after lawmakers voted Thursday to ban sales of some cough syrups to minors.

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Governors in Tennessee will soon have the power to withhold economic incentives to companies that hire too many temporary workers.

The state legislature on Thursday approved a measure, Senate Bill 86, that would give the Department of Economic and Community Development more flexibility in awarding job tax credits.

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles unveiled plans Thursday to establish a satellite display in Nashville. The interactive exhibit targets school children. It’s meant to explain the process of turning music into a recording.

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Dozens of Nashville-area high school students took time off from their Spring Break to lobby state lawmakers about college tuition.

They hoped to build support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. 

The group included Adriana Herrera, a senior at Overton High School who was brought to the U.S. as a child. Her father was deported four years ago, leaving her mom as a single parent.

Herrera said she wants to become an attorney and work with juvenile offenders.

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Tennessee lawmakers have gotten moving on plans to rewrite Common Core education standards, though some are asking whether their solution will really do anything.

The Senate Education Committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to set up an advisory committee that will oversee a review of Common Core that Gov. Bill Haslam's administration launched last fall.

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A bill meant to even the playing field for wages for men and women was rejected by state lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.

The measure would have let women file wage complaints at their local courthouses. Currently in Tennessee, only federal courts can handle pay discrimination suits.

Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) said federal laws have failed to eliminate the pay gap between men and women. Yet the issue has grown critical as more families have come to rely on womens' earnings.

But Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) said the pay gap is overstated. She said many women make less because they take time away from their careers to tend to their families.

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A much-talked-about bill to make the Barrett 82A1 sniper rifle the state's official firearm has been pushed off until next year.

The .50-caliber rifle is made in Tennessee by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing. Jonesborough Rep. Micah Van Huss, a former Marine who came up with the idea, requested the delay but gave no reason for doing so.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame named its class of 2015 Wednesday morning in a ceremony hosted by singer Brenda Lee.

The Oak Ridge Boys accepted the honor in person, as did Jim Ed Brown and the Browns (his two sisters, Maxine and Bonnie). Guitarist Grady Martin, who rounds out the class, died in 2001.

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