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Monday, March 12, 2018

Faison on improving teachers
This week, House Republicans voted unanimously to support passage of an initiative sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) that is designed to help Tennessee attract and retain the best and brightest educators. The legislation decreases regulatory burdens on highly-qualified school teachers as they proceed from an initial three-year license issued by the state to their six-year license. The overall goal of the measure is to streamline the licensure process for exceptional teachers while also enabling them to focus all of their efforts and energy on instructing Tennessee's next generation of leaders. "I am proud to sponsor this bill because it is another way we can demonstrate our support for Tennessee's teachers and further our commitment to improving our state's education system," said Faison. "We must ensure that our educators have all the tools and resources they need in order to succeed. When they do, we all benefit." Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the country in math, reading, and science. The state has gone from being ranked 49th out of 50 states to 35th in the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) ratings. In addition, Tennessee ranks in the Top 10 nationally, in percentage increases for K-12 state expenditures, outpacing the national average increase in teacher salaries. The teacher recruitment measure now heads to Governor Haslam's desk where it will be signed into law.

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    Friday, May 25, 2018

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    Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Smelly South Highway 321
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  • Holiday travel

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • Shelton pursuit and arrest
  • Rolling Thunder
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    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

  • Cocke Legislative Body
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  • NAFTA and tarriffs
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  • Corker turns down ambassadorship
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