Saturday, February 12, 2005


It takes one to know one

What is ironic about the following information is that on the radio Hilly boy used to make fun of students who attended public schools while admitting that when he was in one he was a “special ed math student” (see the Jan. 16, 2005 post by Reformer). I guess he can speak from experience as he helps this committee address Tennessee’s problem of students with math deficiencies. I am just a little worried that Hilly boy’s proposal will be to lower math standards so that it is harder for students to have a math deficiency, though they won’t be any better at math.

This information was gleaned from the Feb. 10 Tennessee Republican House and Senate Caucus newsletters from Tre' Harget (also heavily funded by Gregory money).

Capitol Hill Week in Review from Republican Leader Tre Hargett February 10, 2005 House Republican Caucus actively assessing Tennessee’s hot topics.

(NASHVILLE, Tenn., Thursday, February 10, 2005) – >>> Children and Families

The state of Tennessee’s education system remained a hot topic this week and will continue to dominate House and Senate proceedings as the legislative session progresses. Members of the House Committee on Education heard a report this week regarding the status of math education in the state. The study concluded that Tennessee’s children displayed deficiencies in math skills both at the elementary level and in high school. Republican legislators reiterated concern over the lagging math test scores and they plan to look into how to revamp curriculum to address the needs of the children.

With proposals before the General Assembly from Pre-K expansion to bolstering our state’s institutions of higher education, the House Republican Caucus is poised to study the best ways to educate the state’s students and propose legislation that will hit at the heart of making Tennessee schools better. The Caucus Task Force on Education will embark on its first meetings next week, addressing both the governor’s proposals as well as the Caucus’s initiatives.

Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) will chair the committee. Members include Rep. Joey Hensley, M.D. (R-Hohenwald), Rep. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains), Rep. Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville), Rep. William Baird (R-Jacksboro), Rep. Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville), Rep. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), Rep. Dewayne Bunch (R-Cleveland), Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown).

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