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Former Education Commissioner Resigns as School Super

Fighting back tears, Cheatham County director of schools Tim Webb (who was state commissioner of education under former Gov. Phil Bredesen) told the school board Monday that he is stepping down, reports the Tennessean.
“I have taken all I can take,” said the former Tennessee commissioner of education, who apologized for being emotional.
Some board members said they would not accept his resignation, and an emergency board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Board Annex on Elizabeth Street in Ashland City.
Webb has made a number of changes in the Cheatham County district since taking office in November 2010, and some have been unpopular with the community. All principals and administrators had to reapply for their jobs this school year, and eight schools got new principals.
Webb dismissed some longtime employees and brought in people he had worked with elsewhere. In addition, changes were made in the school calendar, including the elimination of fall break and an abbreviated winter break. Support expressed Several board members expressed their support for Webb during Monday’s meeting before his announcement.

A New Running Up of ‘Prayer at the Flagpole’

A Cheatham County lawmaker says he has reworked his “prayer at the flagpole” bill to meet school board regulations, WPLN’s Joe White reports.
The new version closely follows a law passed in Florida. State Representative Phillip Johnson of Cheatham County threw away his original bill to allow teachers to gather at the flagpole for religious services.
The new version limits participation of school employees to events taking place before or after official school hours.
“Teachers, coaches, personnel – before the school day starts, if they want to meet and participate, they should be able to.”
The issue arose from an agreement reached by the Cheatham County school system and the American Civil Liberties Union, barring coaches and teachers from attending religious gatherings held on school property.
Under the new wording, the meeting must be a student-initiated event. The bill is one step away from a floor vote by the full House of Representatives. The Senate version is not so far along, but is scheduled in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.