Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Haslam/Huffman Pay Scale Sticks it to Teachers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

And Policies Ignore Increasing Poverty

Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville, is not mincing his words on Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s new reduced pay scale for Tennessee teachers.

In effect, the Haslam/Huffman plan, which the state board of education passed 6-3 on Friday, means teachers in the first five years of their tenure [...]

Fact Check: Gov. Haslam’s Pay Scale Will Cut Teaching Salaries

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It’s a sad week for Tennessee teachers and students because, last Friday afternoon, the Tennessee State Board of Education approved Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to cut teacher salaries.

The measure approved by the board removes scheduled pay increases for veteran teachers and eliminates incentives for educators who earn advanced degrees. Gov. Haslam’s administration has repeatedly [...]

Democrats Oppose Haslam’s Cuts to Teacher Pay

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

House Democrats joined together to speak out against a proposal by the Haslam administration to cut teacher pay in Tennessee.

“If we are ever going to raise Tennessee’s educational standards, we must make our state more attractive to highly qualified, professional teachers,” said Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville). “Instead, Commissioner Huffman and the corporate special interests [...]

House Republicans Betray Local Tax Payers

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Republicans who control Nashville rushed through committee a measure to create a state charter school authorizer — a centralized government body that strips school decisions away from local boards.

Charter schools approved by the state charger authorizer would have to be funded by local taxpayers whether there was money available or [...]

Republican Intrusion on Local Schools Could Lead to Higher Taxes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

State Charter Panel Threatens Fiscal Security of Local Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Democrats are speaking out against the newest Republican government intrusion into local school control as a scheme that could force higher local taxes.

The new proposal, which drastically alters a plan which passed through the House Education Subcommittee on February 12, creates an [...]

Republican Intrusion on Local Schools Could Lead to Higher Taxes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

State Charter Panel Threatens Fiscal Security of Local Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Democrats are speaking out against the newest Republican government intrusion into local school control as a scheme that could force higher local taxes.

The new proposal, which drastically alters a plan which passed through the House Education Subcommittee on February 12, creates an [...]

TNDP Chairman Roy Herron Blasts Vouchers, Outside Special Interest Spending in the ‘Republican War on Public Schools’

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Education Privatizers Spend About $2 million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called the current private school voucher proposal another battle in the “Republican War against public schools” today at a press conference in Nashville.

Herron derided the influence of big special interests, which accounts for about $2 million of known spending [...]

Democrats Seek to End Virtual School Fraud

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Virtual Academy, operated by K12, Inc., has been implicated in an alleged scheme to falsify student achievement results in a recently discovered internal memorandum. It has been reported that virtual school administrators instructed subordinates to delete student test results that reflect poorly on the already beleaguered for-profit school contractor.

Rep. [...]

Rep. Gloria Johnson Condemns Apparent Grade Fixing at Tennessee Virtual Academy

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) denounced the K12, Inc. education corporation for apparent grade fixing at their in-state subsidiary, Tennessee Virtual Academy, a for-profit online school.

More than $15 million in public funding is flowing to the for-profit Tennessee Virtual Academy this year thanks to a law passed by Republicans. Despite the [...]

Democrats seek answers for poor performance of corporate virtual school

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state subsidiary of for-profit K12 corporation, came under heavy scrutiny in a House Education Committee hearing earlier today over the poor academic results that have been seen in Tennessee and nationwide.

During the hearing Josh Williams, Head of Schools for the Tennessee Virtual Academy, and Megan Henry, Deputy [...]