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JC Bowman Commentary: Protecting the Teaching Profession

The OREA report on Educator Sexual Misconduct has made clear that Tennessee has a fractured, ambiguous reporting system that has allowed educators who have engaged in sexual misconduct to slip through the cracks.

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JC Bowman Commentary: Supreme Court Case Janus v. AFSCME

People shouldn’t be forced to surrender their First Amendment right to decide for themselves what organizations they support just because they decide to work for the state, their local government or a public school.

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Tennessee General Assembly Inaction Raises Questions About Legal Authority of State Textbook Commission Actions

The commission that will be recommending new social studies textbooks for Tennessee students is operating with a majority of its members unconfirmed by the legislature or still serving after their terms have expired. The 10-member Tennessee State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission currently has only four positions that do…

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JC Bowman Commentary: Teaching is NOT for Everyone

In order to advance the ideals and standards of the teaching profession, we must not be afraid make Tennessee a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn. This means we must embrace the highest ethical standards for those who educate children and keep those who dishonor the profession out of our classrooms.

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Commentary: States and School Districts Need More Flexibility for Child Nutrition

It is essential that federal control over public education be limited. Our policies should empower states and local school districts to have the ability to make menu planning, food procurement, and contract decisions for their meal programs.

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Tennessee Celebrates School Choice With Events

School choice is at the heart of a nationwide event taking place Jan. 21-27. Held every January, National School Choice Week (NSCW) brings the idea of education options to the forefront. Schools, homeschool groups and other organizations plan tens of thousands of events during the annual event, according to the…

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Montgomery Bell Academy Accepts a Reported $90 Million Bequeath from Former Student and Philanthropist H. Frank Burkholder, Jr.

Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Headmaster Bradford Gioia announced Wednesday the private, all-boys secondary school has accepted  $90 million bequeathed from the estate of Horace Frank Burkholder, Jr. Burkholder, who graduated from the Nashville-area Academy in 1956, died in December. He was 81. “We are humbled by this extraordinary gift, a legacy…

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Comptroller Finds Tennessee Education System Puts Students at Risk for Sexual Abuse

Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) released a series of reports Wednesday, including an examination of sexual misconduct involving students and educators that found taxpayer-funded public schools are rife with opportunities for bad actors to infiltrate the system and exploit children. A .pdf copy of the…

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JC Bowman Commentary: Optimism Wins!

You remind yourself that the holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness, gathering of friends and family and most importantly optimism for the coming New Year. Yet you get inundated with reminders of the holidays that may conjure up unresolved issues like grief caused by a missing friend…

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JC Bowman Commentary: The Role of a School Board

Tennessee Star

Local school boards reflect the needs and aspirations of the communities as well as the interests and concerns of professional and nonprofessional employees. We believe non-partisan control is what is best for our communities. This is best ensured when educational policy is made by representatives vested in the community they live, and whose undivided attention and interests are devoted strictly to education of the children in that district. What we stress in a nutshell: Public education is a federal concern, a state responsibility, and a local operation.

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