Special Session on Education Ends

Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. McNally, Speaker Sexton and members of the General Assembly closed a historic special session to address learning loss and the negative effects on student proficiency in reading and math marked by time away from the classroom due to COVID-19.  “COVID-19 has severely disrupted education in Tennessee. Our decisive action to ... Read more

Senator Pody Announces New Committee Assignments

State Senator Mark Pody has been appointed chairman of the General Assembly’s Joint Government Operations Committee’s Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Agriculture Subcommittee. The announcement was made by Chairman Kerry Roberts as the 112th General Assembly met on Tuesday. “I am delighted to be appointed to this position and look forward to getting to work on ... Read more

New Features to Assist Tennesseans on Finding COVID-19 Information

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee’s Unified Command Group have added new features to the website to make it easier for users to find county-specific information and request an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination. The website provides a simple tool for Tennesseans to find their phase in Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Updates to this tool ... Read more

Cannon Schools to Add “Flex/Asynchronous” Days to Schedule

Cannon County Schools has announced that certain Fridays in January, February, and March will be conducted as “Flex/Asynchronous Learning Days. Friday, January 29th, 2021; Friday, February 5th, 2021; Friday, February 26th, 2021; and Friday, March 26th, 2021 will be “Off-Campus” Days for most Cannon County Schools’ students.  Students that are failing classes will be required ... Read more

Governor Announces Intervention for Tennessee Students

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced special session legislation addressing K-12 student learning loss and the adverse effects on Tennessee students’ proficiency in reading and math after extended time away from the classroom due to COVID-19. “COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of education and we are on the cusp of severe consequences for our students ... Read more

Investigation Leads to Improvement in Cannon County Evidence Room

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has led to the improvement of how evidence is stored and inventoried within the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department. The Comptroller’s Office was asked to review Cannon County’s evidence room and case file management by the 16th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office. Investigators reviewed records and evidence dating back to ... Read more

Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Amendment Approved by Federal Government

After more than a year of discussions and negotiations with the federal government, Tennessee’s Medicaid “Block Grant” waiver amendment received approval today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Tennessee is the first state in the nation to be granted approval for this type of block grant arrangement, which will result in an ... Read more

Rose Votes to Object to AZ and PA Electoral College Certifications

Representative John Rose (TN-6) voted to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote counts from both Arizona and Pennsylvania. “Today, I voted to object to the Electoral College vote counts in both Arizona and Pennsylvania as part of my fight for election integrity so that all Americans can have trust in the process ... Read more

Federal Funding will Provide Optional Reading Resources and Supports for Districts, Teachers, Families

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released details on a new $100 million statewide initiative, “Reading 360,” to ensure Tennessee districts, teachers, and families are equipped with tools and resources to help students read on grade level by third grade.   To help support literacy development in Tennessee, the state will leverage approximately $60 million of one-time federal COVID-19 relief funding and $40 million in federal grant funding to immediately launch Reading 360 and invest in optional reading resources and supports at no cost to the state or districts.   Reading 360 will ... Read more