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Tennessee To Withhold Millions From Nashville Schools For Rejecting Charter School

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

The Tennessee Department of Education is withholding $3.4 million of non-classroom, administrative funding from Metro Nashville Public Schools due to ...

Sex Ed Law Under Scrutiny

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy, Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is am...

Tennessee's Teacher Evaluation System Is Reviewed

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) on Thursday released a report regarding Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report com...

Walker Using Old Strategy Following Recall Win

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Nothing brings people together in Wisconsin like the promise of beer and brats. At least that's what Gov. Scott Walker hopes....

GOP Gov Acts On Controversial Bill That Targets 'Gateway Sexual Activity'

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

(Updates with details) * Targets "gateway sexual activities" like touching genitals * Critics fear limitations will hamp...

Tennessee Bill Asks Parents To Grade Themselves On Report Cards

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of ...

Tennessee Guv Vetoes Bill Targeting College Religious Groups

AP | Posted 07.02.2012 | College

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam plans to veto a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious grou...

New 'Monkey Law' Imperils Science In Tennessee

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science
Cara Santa Maria

We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?

PHOTOS: Monkeys Question Tennessee Anti-Evolution Law

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

(Disclaimer: We're aware that the animals below aren't all actually "monkeys." Most of them are great apes, but they're very inquisitive nonetheless.)...

Controversial Tennessee 'Monkey Bill' Becomes Law

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

A Tennessee bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" subjects such as evolution and climate change ...

GOP Governor Urged To Veto Controversial 'Monkey Bill'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) is facing a new round of pressure this week to veto controversial legislation that critics argue would open the floodgates ...

Critics Accuse Gov Of Rolling Clock Back To 1925 With 'Monkey Bill'

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee, where the nation's first big legal battle over evolution was fought nearly 90 years ago, is close to enacting a law tha...

GOP Governor May Sign 'Monkey Bill'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) will "probably" sign a bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" scie...

Education Proves Common Ground Among Obama, GOP Governors

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — A funny thing is happening between President Barack Obama and many Republican governors when it comes to improving America's school...

John Celock

Governors Group To Consider State Economic Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

A group of governors, state economic development officials and business leaders will convene in Nashville Monday for the second of four forums designe...

Tennessee Officials Agree To Stop Arresting Occupy Nashville Protesters

AP/The Huffington Post | By TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

By TRAVIS LOLLER, The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials agreed Monday to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge O...

Joy Resmovits

New Charter School Laws In Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.16.2011 | Education

The charter school movement appears to be making gains as new laws expanding charter access have worked their way through several state legislatures o...

Amanda Terkel

Tennessee Anti-Gay Bill Would Roll Back Civil Rights Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Haslam signed the bill into law Monday evening. WASHINGTON -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) must decide by June 1 whether to sign legislat...

Lone-Star State 'Reform' a Texas-Sized Distortion

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wendell Potter

When Republicans talk about how health care should be reformed, they typically mention malpractice reform, citing Texas as a role model. But a closer look at Texas raises doubts its claimed benefits.

The Bullying Style in American Politics

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Prolonged and systematic attacks on any group in an effort to take away their rights, voice, and respect in society are a hallmark of the bullying style in American politics.

Tennessee Considers Bill That Makes Following Shariah A Felony

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is considering making it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, the most severe measure...

Cancer, Basil Marceaux and Tennessee's "Goober"natorial Spectacle

Molly Secours | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Molly Secours

The comic relief that was provided by Marceux these past few weeks distracted from the fact that there were few substantive differences between any of the candidates.

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam Wins Tenn. GOP Nomination For Governor

AP | ERIK SCHELZIG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has won Tennessee's Republican gubernatorial nomination after a contentious – and expensive...

Zach Wamp Blasts GOP Rival: 'You Have At Least 100 Conflicts Of Interest'

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Andy Sher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To hear Republican gubernatorial hopeful Zach Wamp tell it, GOP rival Bill Haslam has more than one conflict of interest stemming from the Haslam fami...