Not satisfied with crippling their union and weakening tenure, Republicans running the state House slapped public school teachers again today. This time, Tennessee’s big-government conservatives rammed through legislation to yank their certificates to teach if they fail to pay back their student loans.
This is a choice the Tennessee legislature has made, to be the fourth lowest funder of education in the United States, which, in turn, impacts teacher salaries, equipment, as well as other resources in the educational system and student achievement. Now they are choosing to insert themselves in the personal finances of teachers and punish them if they can’t make it with the meager amount of money they appropriate to education.
At this point it should be fairly clear that the enemy is not what they’ve told us it was. Last year the boogey man was Teacher Unions. We were led to believe that the General Assembly, upon slaying that dragon, would actually start working on real things like increasing educational investment, or working to improve the quality of the overall school environment. But no, this bill directly attacks the teachers themselves, as individuals, not some disembodied third party.
A letter to the editor from Patrick Morales to the Metropulse on mountaintop removal. LINK
Tennesseans have the opportunity to become the first state in the nation to ban this form of mining and end the pillaging of our mountain heritage by out-of-state companies and foreign investors. Of course there is some resistance to this proposal, which is driven by the very few who benefit from destroying our Tennessee homeland. We see through the false claims of the jobs losses this act will bring, so we must make it clear to those who are elected to protect our state, to do so by supporting the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act.
The Union City Daily Messenger is reporting that former state rep Philip Pinion has been approached about running in the 8th. LINK
State Sen. Roy Herron’s recent announcement he would not be seeking re-election in the fall has left open a strategic seat in the upper house of the state Legislature.There has been one very interesting development that has emerged in the wake of Herron’s announcement last week.
Former state Rep. Phillip Pinion told The Messenger he has been approached about running for Herron’s Senate seat.
He said he has been approached by both political parties to run for Herron’s seat in the state Senate.
- Memphis political blogger Steve Steffens appeared on Fox 13 last night speaking on the Norris-Todd annexation bill. LINK
- Longtime democrat and Lewisburg native Tommy Hawkins died last week. His friends and family remember the Marshall County businessman. LINK
- Sen. Andy Berke has released the numbers in his campaign in his war chest. LINK
- Planned Parenthood is suing the Tennessee Dept. of Health. LINK
- Bruce VanWyngarden discusses that local news is going more community based. LINK
- Sen. Stacey Campfield gets a “pants on fire” rating from PolitiFact Tennessee. LINK