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Legislation Would Transfer the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute to UT’s Institute for Public Service

HB2198/SB1842 by Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) and Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) would transfer the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) to the UT Institute for Public Service, making a number of organizational changes and renaming the entity “The Tennessee Language Center.” The move would make the entity an official part of the University of Tennessee. Under … Continued

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Governor’s “Complete to Compete” Legislation Advances in Senate; Calendared for House Finance, Ways, and Mean Subcommittee Next Week

Consideration of the Haslam Administration’s “Complete to Compete” initiative, aimed at ensuring HOPE scholarship and Tennessee Promise recipients remain on track for timely graduation, is calendared for the House Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee on Monday, April 9.  The House and Senate versions of the bill currently contain significant differences. The legislation advanced this week in … Continued

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“Transparency in Higher Education Act” Passes House Floor; Awaits Senate Floor Vote

HB2230/SB2180 passed on the House floor this week with a significant amendment that re-writes the bill, effectively alleviating concerns previously voiced by universities across the state. The bill, as amended, requires Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to post to their websites information regarding parents’ rights to student records under the federal Family Educational Rights and … Continued

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