Legislation that would initiate a process for “efficiency audits” to be performed on public higher education institutions was passed in the Senate Education Committee unanimously this week with no opportunity for stakeholder testimony.  The legislation will be heard next week in the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. It is sponsored by Senate Education Chair … Continued

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Several legislative committees finished their business this week, including the Senate Education Committee, House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee, and House Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee.  Procedurally, the committees may reopen prior to the end of session if the House or Senate rules are suspended to advance legislation that had not previously been calendared.  The … Continued

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The Haslam Administration will release its proposed budget amendment in the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee on Tuesday at 8:30 am Central Time. The budget amendment will provide an opportunity to adjust the appropriations of the original proposal based on the State’s revenue trends. The presentation of the amendment proposal can be live-streamed here.

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Legislation to create teacher remediation programs will be considered next week in the Senate Education Committee and the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. SB1629/HB1629 by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Rep. Eddie Smith (R-Knoxville) would require public higher education institutions to offer remedial coursework if the first-year graduate of a teacher preparation program scores … Continued

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