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Government
7:59 am
Wed April 18, 2012

'Don't Say Gay' Ban Advancing in Tennessee House

A proposal that would ban the teaching of gay issues to Tennessee elementary and middle school students is once again advancing in the state House.  The "Don't Say Gay" bill passed the House Education Committee Tuesday by one vote.

Tennessee
8:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement

Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children’s school performance.  One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation.  Tennessee Governor Bil

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Tennessee
10:11 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Remote Meeting Attendance Bill Headed to Governor

A proposal that would allow school board members in Tennessee to participate in meetings remotely is headed to Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration.  The measure was sent to Governor Haslam Thursday after the Senate agreed to minor changes made by the House.  The legislation would allow school board members to participate in a meeting electronically up to twice a year if they were out of the country for work, on military service or attending to a family emergency.  Sponsors say the bill is necessary because some school boards already allow remote attendance and proxy voting without an

Education
1:32 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

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Education
7:18 am
Wed February 29, 2012

School Delays 9 AM Update

Due to inclement weather, the following schools will be under delays.

Canceled:

Hopkins County Schools

Two Hour Delay:

McCracken County Schools

Livingston County Schools

Lyon County Schools

Education
4:16 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Charter School Hearing

After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee.

Advocates for and against the measure spent this morning debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill's sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkission in support of the bill.

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Education
2:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Senate Approves Dropout Bill

A proposal to raise Kentucky s dropout age to 18 years old has passed a major hurdle.

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