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Governor Bill Haslam's voucher proposal would be restricted to low-income students in low-performing schools, which are mostly in Memphis and Nashville. Haslam has not made vouchers a priority, instead moving forward reluctantly. Several conservative groups - including the Beacon Center - have made vouchers a core issue. Credit: Elizabeth Albert via Flickr

Is Governor Haslam’s Voucher Proposal Being Pulled For Good?

by / on March 18, 2014

The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee was thrown into doubt Tuesday as the governor’s proposal was effectively withdrawn from consideration in the state House.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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Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

by / on February 25, 2013

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.

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Governor Could Face Skepticism Over Pre-K Expansion

by / on May 18, 2012

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.

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Religious Debate in State House Precedes Idling of Anti-All Comers Bill

by / on April 26, 2012

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.

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Former Foe Shares Stage for Civil Service Overhaul Signing

Former Foe Shares Stage for Civil Service Overhaul Signing

by / on April 24, 2012

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.

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Lawmaker Wants Female Student Athletes To Wear Shirts Over Sports Bras

by / on March 14, 2012

State lawmakers today took up a measure which allowed them to debate dress codes for students – including the proper dress for “young lady” athletes.

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‘Don’t Say Gay’ Idled, to Wait on New Sex Ed Rewrite

by / on March 13, 2012

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.

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Judicial Selection Critics Wave Caution Flag on Constitutional Amendment

by / on January 25, 2012

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.

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Haslam Takes Wait-and-See Position on Pre-K

by / on June 8, 2011

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.”

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Governor’s Tenure Reform Bill Clears Tennessee House of Representatives

by / on March 24, 2011

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.

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Legislative Compromise on Collective Bargaining Introduced

by / on March 16, 2011

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.

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Paper ballot system to be postponed for lack of funds

by / on March 8, 2011

The Tennessee legislature is poised to un-do a measure it passed three years ago to increase confidence in the state’s balloting system.

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Measure Would Put Intelligent Design on Par with Evolution

by / on March 7, 2011

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.

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Republicans Tout Election Registrar Bill As Update, Democrats Claim Foul

by / on March 15, 2010

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.

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Tennessee Conservation Voters Release Scorecard

by / on October 2, 2009

Friday morning, Tennessee Conservation Voters recognized state lawmakers for their environmental stance during what the group is calling a “surprisingly successful year.”

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