The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee was thrown into doubt Tuesday as the governor’s proposal was effectively withdrawn from consideration in the state House. The sponsoring lawmaker says it’s just a scheduling issue.
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Governor Bill Haslam vaguely referenced school vouchers in his State of the State speech last month, and now his limited proposal is up for debate in the legislature. Committees begin their work on the bill this week.
Some Republican lawmakers could push back against Governor Bill Haslam over expanding pre-kindergarten education. Haslam said earlier this week he’ll look at adding to the program if more state tax dollars keep rolling in.
The state House Thursday night debated how to protect Christian groups from having to follow a university rule intended to prevent discrimination. Both sides claimed Jesus Christ was on their side. But the sponsor finally dropped the bill into parliamentary limbo.
Legislation that completely reworks how the state hires, fires and promotes its employees was signed into law Tuesday. Republican lawmakers believe it could transform how state government works.
State lawmakers today took up a measure which allowed them to debate dress codes for students – including the proper dress for “young lady” athletes.
After more than a year, backers of the bill nicknamed “don’t say gay” have put it aside. Now their focus is on a measure meant to rewrite Tennessee law on sex education.
Critics of the way Tennessee names its Supreme Court justices and appellate judges are waving a caution flag Wednesday. Governor Bill Haslam proposed making the much-debated judicial selection process more permanent by writing it into the state constitution.
Governor Bill Haslam says he isn’t ready to cut back on the state’s pre-kindergarten education effort, even if a fellow Republican is ready to label the program a “hoax.”
Tennessee teachers face a new system for gaining tenure under a bill passed in the state House of Representatives. The measure is one step away from going before Governor Bill Haslam, who proposed the changes.
A bill that would have taken away collective bargaining from the Tennessee Education Association was rewritten in a legislative committee yesterday. It’s a compromise that was engineered by the Speaker of the Tennessee House.
The Tennessee legislature is poised to un-do a measure it passed three years ago to increase confidence in the state’s balloting system.
Scientists lined up last week at the state legislature to oppose a bill they say would allow public school teachers to teach intelligent design, or creationism, as if it were scientific theory.
Republicans in the state legislature say they want to update the law overseeing the duties of county election clerks in Tennessee. For instance, the law is so old it doesn’t even mention early voting. But Democratic leaders say one part of the Republican proposal goes too far.
Friday morning, Tennessee Conservation Voters recognized state lawmakers for their environmental stance during what the group is calling a “surprisingly successful year.”