State of Tennessee Archives: on Education

Joe Carr: Prohibit discrimination against college religious groups

Joe Carr voted Yea on HB 534--Nondiscrimination Policies for College Student Religious Groups. Summary
Source: VoteSmart summary of 2013-2014 Tennessee legislative session Mar 18, 2013

Bill Haslam: Drive to 55: Increase college graduation to 55% by 2025

Today, we base funding on the number of students who are actually graduating [instead of on enrollment]. This shift puts the focus where it should be--on graduates. And because we're seeing results, this year's budget fully funds, for the first time, the Complete College Act outcomes formula.

Only 32% of Tennesseans have earned an associates' degree or higher. That's not good enough. Our goal is to move the needle so that Tennessee is on track to raise that number to 55% by 2025. Tonight we begin our "drive to 55"--a strategic initiative to have the best trained workforce in America. To do that, we must improve affordability and access in higher education. To help us achieve this goal, we're partnering with Western Governors University to establish "WGU Tennessee." It is an online, competency-based university that is geared to the 800,000 adult Tennesseans that have some college credit but didn't graduate with an associate or four-year degree.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature Jan 28, 2013

Joe Carr: Require abstinence-centered sex education in schools

Joe Carr voted Yea on SB 3310: Vote to pass a bill that requires abstinence-centered sex education in schools. Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Source: VoteSmart summary of 2011-2012 Tennessee legislative session Apr 27, 2012

Bill Haslam: Remove 90-cap limit on charter schools

Charter schools open new opportunities for learning and we have asked for the 90-cap limits to be removed and for more students to have the option of a charter school as a learning environment. There are a number of innovative approaches to classroom instruction underway and we can learn from the experiences of others.

The City University School of Liberal Arts is a charter school with a college preparatory foundation. Students have full access to diverse advanced placement courses and dual enrollment at Christian Brothers University. In Nashville the LEAD Academy is the city's first charter high school with a vision to do Whatever It Takes to ensure students graduate from high school and attend college. The Metropolitan Nashville school system is 1 of 9 in the country recognized by the Gates Foundation for a collaborative approach to blend charter schools in with other district schools.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature Mar 14, 2011

Phil Bredesen: New reforms: student achievement to evaluate teacher

I want now to talk for a moment with the teachers in our state. I do understand that some of the changes we have made, especially those regarding the use of student achievement in teacher evaluation, cause some of you concern. I've talked with a lot of teachers these past few weeks. Some hate these changes, some love them, many are concerned but waiting to see. I want you to know that I understand and respect your concerns, and understand that teaching is a profession that has many more dimensions than can be measured by a student's performance on a written test. I also understand that there are many factors beyond your control; the influence of home and parents, and the personalities of the students themselves. Let's work together to find an approach that is both fair to your teaching profession and which gives our citizens confidence that the money they have invested in our schools is being used well.
Source: Tennessee 2010 State of the State Address Feb 1, 2010

Don Sundquist: Invest more in teachers and in early education

    A RAND report found that Tennessee isnít doing as well as other states in student achievement and performance goals because weíve only invested in one of three essential ingredients. Those three essential ingredients are:
  1. Reducing class size, which we are doing.
  2. Early childhood education, which we do very little of.
  3. Investing in teachers, which we need to do more of.
Itís time for us to make significant investments in each of these areas.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

Don Sundquist: We test students & rate schools; now invest in reading

In 1992, the Education Improvement Act, put in place a system of testing and assessment that has made Tennessee a national leader. Thanks to those assessments, we know exactly how our children are doing in school.

Last fall, for the first time, we posted school report cards on the web. You can log on and see test scores and gains for every public school in the state.

With all this knowledge in hand, and with the results of a literacy report commissioned by this body, now we know that itís time to focus on reading in Tennessee. We know from test scores that our children canít read as well as they should. We donít want our legacy to be that we failed to solve our problems. We donít want our legacy to be that we passed them on to the next generation because we didnít have the courage to make the difficult choices. We must invest more in education and expect more in return.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

Don Sundquist: Invest in teachers: scholarships, mentors, merit pay

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

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