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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.  She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

by / on April 3, 2014

A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.

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Several school districts in Tennessee have been sued by the ACLU over showing preferential treatment toward Christianity. Credit: michael_swan via Flickr

Tennessee Legislature Tells Schools It’s OK for Kids To Talk About Religion

by / on February 19, 2014

Tennessee lawmakers say teachers and principals need to know it’s ok to talk about religion in school. While federal law already permits it, legislators are working on a proposal to confirm what’s allowed.

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In 2013, Governor Bill Haslam dedicated a third of his speech to education, outlining a campaign to get 55 percent of Tennesseans with at least a two-year degree. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

What You Won’t Hear In Tonight’s State Of The State Address

by / on February 3, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will give the final State of the State Address of his first term tonight. Little is known about what he will say. But there are some guesses about what he won’t.

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At an event organized by the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee, attendees had yellow scarves waiting for them in their seats. While the event was meant to mark national "school choice week," vouchers were the topic of the day. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally

by / on January 28, 2014

Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.

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Aspire is a charter school in Memphis. Like all charters in Tennessee, it is operated by a non-profit entity. Credit: TN Photo Services

For-Profit Charter School Proposal Revived With Help From Memphis Democrat

by / on January 22, 2014

A push to open Tennessee to for-profit charter school operators has been revived at the state capitol. Currently, only non-profit entities can get public money to run a charter.

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Counselor Discrimination Gets Cooler Reception in House

Counselor Discrimination Gets Cooler Reception in House

by / on March 19, 2013

A proposed law meant to keep students in college counseling programs from having to treat gay patients breezed through the state senate last week. But the bill may find a cooler reception in the House.

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DCS Commish Resigns Ahead of Hearing on Child Deaths

DCS Commish Resigns Ahead of Hearing on Child Deaths

by / on February 5, 2013

The commissioner of an embattled state agency has resigned. Kate O’Day steps down as head of the Department of Children Services one day before she was to testify about child deaths.

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Parent Trigger Proposal in Play

by / on January 24, 2013

A state lawmaker has proposed legislation making it easier for parents to force reform at their child’s public school. It’s known as a parent trigger law, and it’s part of a national push by the education lobbying group Students First.

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Proposal Restating ‘Abstinence Only’ Sex Education Moves Forward in House

by / on March 21, 2012

A subcommittee in the State House has approved a new bill that would redefine sex education. The sponsor is a Representative from Nashville.

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House Asks Congress Not to Pass Healthcare Overhaul, After the Fact

by / on April 13, 2010

Both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly passed resolutions last night criticizing the new federal health care overhaul.

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