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The Senate Education Committee met yesterday in order to conduct several hearings related to K-12 curriculum and voucher issues. At the end of those hearings, Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Oversight Subcommittee, requested and received permission from Education Chair Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) to hold another round of higher education hearings in December.
The hearings follow a set of Higher Education Oversight hearings conducted in mid-October, where governance was also an agenda item (although the primary focus was on diversity-related policies and spending on UT campuses).
Based on Sen. Hensley’s comments in yesterday’s Committee meeting, the December hearings are expected to focus on how the three major higher education entities (UT, the Board of Regents, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission) interact, how board and commission members are selected, and duties of those board members.
Stay tuned for more information.