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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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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Legislation which would require each state higher education institution to list on its website the title, author, and publisher of all reading, video, and audio materials required for each course offered as part of an associate or baccalaureate degree program was rolled for one week in the House Education Instruction & Planning Subcommittee. This legislation, HB2230/SB2180 by … Continued

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The UT FOCUS Act, which would reconstitute and restructure the UT Board of Trustees, was heard this week in House Finance Ways, and Means Subcommittee and ultimately passed to the full House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee with minimal debate. The legislation was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, but was rolled for one … Continued

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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, was heard this week in the Senate Education Committee and was rolled for one week in the House Administration & Planning Committee. The initiative passed, with an amendment, in the Senate … Continued

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