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Commentary: Talking a Bill to Death

There are at least 6 organizations serving educators in our state. The union has a near monopoly. All teachers deserve the same right in regard to payroll deductions. House Bill 356 & Senate Bill 404 is fairly simple, do we believe all teachers deserve equal treatment or not?

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Radical Progressive LGBT Activist Speaks at Middle Tennessee State University

Tennessee Star

LGBT activist and attorney Urvashi Vaid railed against President Trump on Thursday while delivering a keynote address at a conference at Middle Tennessee State University. The “Creating Global Change” conference continues through Saturday and is hosted by MTSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The conference in Murfreesboro shows how even in…

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Commentary: All Means All

Today, with inclusion being the norm, a teacher is given the unenviable task of teaching all students with individualized lessons appropriate for them. In some schools, there may be support from teacher aides or education specialists, but society demands (and rightly so) that each student be given the same opportunities.

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Commentary: A Time for Fairness

Any state law or district policy should be designed to require equal treatment of all teacher associations. If followed correctly, the state would simply be facilitating an open playing field for all associations, and teachers themselves would make the ultimate decisions of which organization to join – if any.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools Proposes Expanding Programs For English Learners

Tennessee Star

Metro Nashville Public Schools hopes to spend $4.7 million on adding numerous new positions next year to meet the needs of students who have a native language other than English. In the district’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year, MNPS plans to add 31 English Learner (EL) teachers to…

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Commentary: St. Patrick’s Day: A Reflection

It was that desire for freedom, education and the wish to control their own destiny that so many Irish left Ireland. As a son of St. Patrick, it is important to remember we are still a country of dreamers. We may have different religious and political persuasions, but we are linked by shared necessities and joint aspirations. Education is the key equalizer.

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Decision Expected Soon On Williamson Strong Appeal

A decision on Williamson Strong’s appeal of fines for political activity will be issued by an administrative law judge between now and March 23, says John Allyn, an attorney for the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. Williamson Strong is a parent group started in 2014 that is said by conservative…

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Low Test Scores, High Graduation Rates: Will Tennessee’s Retooled Testing Program Help Show What’s Really Happening With Student Performance?

Schools in Tennessee are getting ready for spring testing starting mid-April, hoping to leave behind the debacle of last year, when glitches in carrying out revamped tests caused headaches across the state. Hitting reset again this year potentially creates more hurdles in getting an accurate read on student achievement at a…

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Commentary: Our Constitution Is Essential for Our Identity

Understanding our government and founding documents, such as the Constitution, creates a more reflective, clear-thinking, and invested citizen.

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