One week after passing the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee, the Governor’s Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act was passed on the Senate floor Monday afternoon on a 31-1 vote. This was the FOCUS Act’s final step before being brought to the Governor’s desk after passing the House floor last week with a … Continued

Higher Education Reform

HB 2248, sponsored by Rep. Micah VanHuss (R-Jonesborough) and targeting the University of Tennessee- Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, was passed out of the House Education Administration and Planning Committee on Tuesday.  As amended, the bill would prohibit the University of Tennessee from using state funds to promote the use of gender neutral pronouns, … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) announced on Wednesday that he will not be seeking re-election, instead retiring at the end of this legislative session after a 24-year legislative career. In an emotional address to the Senate, Ramsey stated that he was retiring to spend more time with his growing family. His fifth … Continued

State Issues

The House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee yesterday considered two bills impacting diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Tennessee. The first proposal, HB2248 by Representative Micah VanHuss (R-Jonesborough), originally sought to prohibit state funding from being spent in support of the UTK Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  As initially drafted, it diverted all … Continued

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