Memphis http://wkms.org en Tennessee House Passes Bill Letting Cities Form School Systems http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-house-passes-bill-letting-cities-form-school-systems <p></p><p>A measure that would clear the way for Tennessee cities to form municipal school systems has passed the House.</p><p>Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville sponsored the proposal that passed 70-24 Monday. The companion bill was also scheduled to be taken up by the full Senate. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:47:52 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30617 at http://wkms.org Tennessee House Passes Bill Letting Cities Form School Systems Tennessee Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-charter-authorizer-sponsor-listening-input <p></p><p></p><p>A bill to create a state charter authorizer has been delayed. The sponsor now says he’s listening to critics, who say the legislation unfairly singles out Nashville and Memphis.</p><p><strong><wbr></strong>As written, the bill would give charter schools a way to open in Tennessee’s two largest urban areas without asking the school board – officially known as the local education authority or LEA.&nbsp; Rep. Mark White is the sponsor and says he could be on-board with a true statewide charter authorizer if local school boards do the initial vetting.</p><p><em><wbr><wbr>“If we go back to the LEAs – letting them have first input on this – this will be a statewide application,” White says.</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:34:54 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 28277 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input Army Corps of Engineers Signs Agreement with Indian Tribes for Handling Remains http://wkms.org/post/army-corps-engineers-signs-agreement-indian-tribes-handling-remains <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers’ Memphis District and six Indian tribes signed an agreement Tuesday about the disposition and handling of human remains. <span style="font-size:11.5pt"><span class="il">Corps</span> archaeologists have identified nearly 250 archaeological sites in the 11,000 acres of the floodway that are most susceptible to flood damage.</span> <span style="font-size:11.5pt">Dr. Robert Dunn is an archaeologist with the <span class="il">Corps</span>. He says his organization consulted with tribal leaders to reach an agreement that calls for the respectful treatment of human remains.</span> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:11:13 +0000 Jacob McCleland 24770 at http://wkms.org Army Corps of Engineers Signs Agreement with Indian Tribes for Handling Remains Tenn. Appeals Court to Hear Voter ID Law Arguments http://wkms.org/post/tenn-appeals-court-hear-voter-id-law-arguments <p>The Tennessee Appeals Court will hear oral arguments today to strike down the new law that requires voters to show ID at the polls. Memphis officials and two residents claim the law violates the state constitution because the only voting requirements it lists are proof of age, residency and registration. They’ve asked that if the ID requirement is upheld that the judge rule separately to allow IDs provided by the city library to be used to vote. A Nashville judge ruled that the law is constitutional in September.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:41:50 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 23391 at http://wkms.org Tenn. Appeals Court to Hear Voter ID Law Arguments