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1. Tennessee Education Association Hires New Chief Lobbyist -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state's largest teachers union has hired a new chief lobbyist.

The Tennessee Education Association announced this week that it will be represented by Jim Wrye.

2. Haslam Announces Review of Teacher Evaluations -

Gov. Bill Haslam has commissioned an outside review to help “separate the anecdotes from flaws” in Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system.

The Republican governor said in a news conference at the Capitol that he has asked for an education foundation launched by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist to conduct the review and to report recommendations back to the state next summer. The organization called the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, is led by former state Sen. Jamie Woodson, a Knoxville Republican.

3. Tenn. Voucher Debate: Private School Bailout or Much-Needed Choice? -

NASHVILLE – Critics of a bill to create a school voucher system in Tennessee characterized the plan as a "bailout" for financially failing private schools while proponents hailed it as a needed new choice in education during a legislative hearing this past week.

4. AP Exclusive: Evaluations Worry Teachers -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee education officials say they're taking steps to address teachers' concerns about a new evaluation system that for the first time will use students' standardized test scores as part of the process.

5. GOP Rethinking Limits on Teacher Union Lobbying -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican sponsor of a bill targeting the influence of the state's largest teachers' union says he is willing to revisit an element of the measure that prevents payroll deductions to be used to fund lobbying efforts at the Tennessee Capitol.

6. Haslam Rejects Claims That Teacher Morale Flagging -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday disputed assertions by the Tennessee Education Association's president that teachers feel demoralized and disrespected by new legislation, including a recently passed bill that would limit educators' collective bargaining powers.

7. Collective Bargaining Bill Passes Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to repeal Tennessee teachers' collective bargaining rights passed the Senate 18-14 on Monday after a measure failed that would allow school boards to maintain them if they choose.

8. Tenn. Lottery Scholarship Bill May be Studied -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to make it more difficult for Tennessee students to obtain lottery scholarships may end up being studied by a task force over the summer, said the measure's Senate sponsor.

9. Collective Bargaining Bill Headed to Full State Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to replace Tennessee teachers' collective bargaining rights with a policy manual is "insulting to teachers" and could create chaos, said the lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association.

10. Teachers' Bargaining Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association said Wednesday he's not completely satisfied with a proposal that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of Tennessee teachers, but is grateful they still have an opportunity to bargain.

11. Teachers Prepare for Possible Tenure Changes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state's teachers have serious reservations about a measure that would make it tougher for them to get tenure, but they're not going to "adamantly oppose" the changes, a lobbyist for their union said Monday.

12. Tenn. Bill Targets Teacher Bargaining Rights -

Tennessee school districts would no longer have to engage in negotiations with teachers’ unions under a bill advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Brentwood is headed for a full Senate vote after passing the Senate Education Committee 6-3 along party lines on Wednesday.

13. GOP Leaders Plan Changes to Education This Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Republican leaders say they plan to reform the state's education system, including possibly lifting the cap on charter schools and re-evaluating when high school teachers should get tenure.

14. Grant Money to Help Tenn. Students With Reading -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some of the federal "Race to the Top" education money awarded to the state will be used to address a reading deficiency problem among Tennessee's middle and high school students, state officials said Friday.

15. Bill Would Prohibit Teaching of Gay Relationships -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker opposed to legislation that would prohibit teaching about gay relationships in Tennessee public schools told the Republican sponsor on Wednesday that the practice is a "figment of his imagination."

16. Tenn. Charter Schools On Fast Track in House -

A resurrected bill to expand eligibility for charter schools in Tennessee was on a fast track for a full House vote Wednesday after approval by two committees.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, was approved on a voice vote in the reopened House Education Committee and was later passed by the Government Operation Committee. Harwell said she expected the measure to reach the House floor by the end of the day.