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Bill Extending Deadline for Teacher Tests Goes to Gov

A bill granting teachers extra time to take mandated competency tests has won final passage under sponsorship of Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, and Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville. The Senate and House approved the measure (SB268) on Thursday.
For freshman Johnson, the measure is the first she has shepherded to passage and is a matter of personal interest. In subcommittee, Johnson said she is one of about 40 Knox County teachers who had trouble meeting the original deadline for taking the tests in areas they teach. The bill extends the original deadline from Jan. 1, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014.
In Johnson’s case, as a special-education teacher giving instruction in several areas, she has to take six tests and, along with other teachers, did not learn about the requirement until last August, she said.
The tests cost around $200 each, she said, and often require some additional study. For example, she must take a test in geometry, which she does teach, that includes sections on precalculus and trigonometry, which she does not teach and needs to review.
During hearings, legislators expressed sympathy for both the time and expense involved in the testing. Johnson said she thought they were a good idea, but an extension of time was appropriate. The bill passed the House unanimously and got just one negative vote in the Senate.

30,000 in TN to Lose Extended Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning that federal extended unemployment benefits are about to expire.
Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted their state benefits. The legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective, but it is set to expire on Jan. 2.
About 30,000 Tennesseans currently receive the benefits.
Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release that claimants can get help finding jobs by using the Jobs4TN.gov website or visiting one of the department’s career centers.
After Jan. 2, Tennessee will return to a system in which new claimants receive a maximum of 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits

About 10,000 Tennesseans to Lose Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning more than 10,000 people that their extended unemployment benefits will expire soon.
The Extended Benefit program is tied to the state’s unemployment rate. Since that rate recently dropped to 8 percent, the program is coming to an end.
Those affected are claimants in the last 20 weeks of the 99 weeks previously available. They will receive their last benefit payments the week of April 12.
Approximately 10,000 people should receive notices in the coming days of their benefit expiration. They will not be eligible for benefits again until they earn qualifying wages.
Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release that as Tennessee’s employment opportunities improve, other federal benefits could be reduced as well.