Student Success Act Passes United States House Of Representatives

Friday, July 19, 2013

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-Tn.-04) on Friday issued the following statement in support of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which was approved by the United States House of Representatives. This bill would roll back much of ‘No Child Left Behind’, ending federal progress goals and letting states set their own targets. It also prohibits the Department of Education from coercing states into adopting common core academic standards.

“For too many years, our children and their schools have been languishing under a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education that has reduced our global competitiveness and failed our students. This bill will replace No Child Left Behind and its onerous Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, and instead give states the flexibility to design education policies that will allow students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete in a 21st century economy.

“This bill also eliminates the Department of Education's role in promoting the adoption of any national standards, assessments or curricula. Instead of being coerced into adopting de facto national standards like Common Core, this bill will return responsibility back to those who know our kids best: parents, teachers, administrators and state and local education agencies.”


Grand Opening Of New UTC Library Is Thursday

The new UTC library has been open since students returned this semester, but the official grand opening for the facility is Thursday. The public is invited from 3-7 p.m. for tours, entertainment, refreshments, and fun along with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.   Guided tours will be offered at 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.  Meet in front of the CheckOut desk ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Library And Archives Appoints Educator Working Group

Christina Rogers of Whitwell Elementary is among  six Tennessee social studies teachers the Tennessee State Library and Archives named to its TSLA Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based ... (click for more)

6,533 Apply For Chattanooga Housing Authority Voucher Program

The Chattanooga Housing Authority closed its Housing Choice Voucher Program application process Monday at 11:59 p.m. There were 6,533 applicants. CHA will randomly select 1,000 of those names on Monday, for the voucher program waiting list. Anyone who is not selected will need to apply again in the future.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program ... (click for more)

Times Free Press Pays Bonuses, Has Layoffs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press told employees on Monday that the newspaper had improved financial performance over the prior year quarters and employees were receiving two percent bonuses. Sources said at the same time, the newspaper announced some layoffs. Those include four people in the newsroom and an unspecified number in other departments. Bruce Hartmann, president, ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)