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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Republicans who control Nashville rushed through committee a measure to create a state charter school authorizer — a centralized government body that strips school decisions away from local boards.
Charter schools approved by the state charger authorizer would have to be funded by local taxpayers whether there was money available or [...]Continue Reading →
On March 5, 2013 By TNDP
State Charter Panel Threatens Fiscal Security of Local Schools
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Democrats are speaking out against the newest Republican government intrusion into local school control as a scheme that could force higher local taxes.
The new proposal, which drastically alters a plan which passed through the House Education Subcommittee on February 12, creates an [...]Continue Reading →
Education Privatizers Spend About $2 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called the current private school voucher proposal another battle in the “Republican War against public schools” today at a press conference in Nashville.
Herron derided the influence of big special interests, which accounts for about $2 million of known spending [...]Continue Reading →
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Virtual Academy, operated by K12, Inc., has been implicated in an alleged scheme to falsify student achievement results in a recently discovered internal memorandum. It has been reported that virtual school administrators instructed subordinates to delete student test results that reflect poorly on the already beleaguered for-profit school contractor.
Rep. [...]Continue Reading →
On February 12, 2013 By TNDP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) denounced the K12, Inc. education corporation for apparent grade fixing at their in-state subsidiary, Tennessee Virtual Academy, a for-profit online school.
More than $15 million in public funding is flowing to the for-profit Tennessee Virtual Academy this year thanks to a law passed by Republicans. Despite the [...]Continue Reading →
On January 30, 2013 By TNDP
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state subsidiary of for-profit K12 corporation, came under heavy scrutiny in a House Education Committee hearing earlier today over the poor academic results that have been seen in Tennessee and nationwide.
During the hearing Josh Williams, Head of Schools for the Tennessee Virtual Academy, and Megan Henry, Deputy [...]Continue Reading →
NASHVILLE — House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh offered a prebuttal to Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State address. Fitzhugh laid out Democratic priorities: good-paying jobs, investing in public education and expanding genuine access to affordable health care for families who work for a living.
See his video message below:
The video was [...]Continue Reading →
On September 18, 2012 By TNDP
Democratic Leader Voices Concern Over State’s Unprecedented Funding Cut for Nashville Schools
Earlier today Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education, Kevin Huffman, announced the state would be arbitrarily withholding $3.4 million from Nashville’s schools and 80,000 students as political retribution for the Metro School Board disagreeing with the Republican administration over a charter school application.
It’s [...]Continue Reading →
On February 15, 2012 By TNDP
NASHVILLE — More than 3,200 Tennesseans have signed the petition opposing Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase class sizes at public schools, the Tennessee Democratic Party announced Wednesday.
“Some proposals aren’t even worth the paper they’re printed on, and Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to increase class sizes is one of them,” said Chip Forrester, Chairman [...]Continue Reading →
Lenoir City schools chief Wayne Miller says the public school system has taken several beatings over the years, and because of all of the changes and proposals from Nashville, many teachers have already walked out the door.
“As of the challenges have gotten more and more centered around the political aspects Ive had [...]Continue Reading →
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