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New Group Forms to Fight Vouchers, Oppose Education ‘Special Interests’

A new coalition of Davidson County parents and stakeholders is gearing up for what it perceives as a fight to both protect local autonomy and defend public schools from outside special-interest groups during the legislative session that commences Tuesday, according to The Tennessean.
This army of primarily mothers, calling itself “Standing Together 4 Strong Community Schools,” is focused on defeating what are expected to be two of the most controversial education proposals state lawmakers will consider this year: allowing students to access publicly funded “opportunity scholarships,” more commonly known as vouchers, to attend private schools and a separate measure to hand the state authority to approve charter schools, which would effectively bypass local school boards.
“For so long, special interests have been controlling legislation regarding public schools, and parents essentially have been left out of the mix,” said Jennifer Croslin-Smith, who has helped steer the group’s foundation. “We’re usually the last to find out what’s going on.
“As the direct consumers of this, I feel like we should be the first to hear about this legislation; we should be informed; we are the ones who should be speaking to the legislature.”
The group, which organizers say includes dozens of supporters at this early stage, launched a website last week, strongcommunityschools.com, where supporters plan to list dates and times of committee meetings, organize events and gatherings and discuss the issues at hand.
Members say they don’t plan to register as a political action committee or a lobbying organization, but could opt to apply for 501(c)3 (tax-exempt nonprofit) status in the weeks ahead
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Note: The group’s website is HERE.

Joe Armstrong Gets Minted (after sellout of Obama Mints)

Apparently, the Obama DisappointMints that offended state Rep.Joe Armstrong after he found them on sale at the UT bookstore, have sold out. And now there’s a Joe Armstrong “Strong Arm Censored Mint.”(Hat tip to Michael Silence)
The maker’s website indicates they were selling the original Obama DisappointMints for $5 a tin. UT Bookstore was charging $2.99.
So you might say the maker made a mint thanks to having the product taken off the UT market. Now maybe UT could offer the seized and unsold mints as collectors items – or a bonus to the purchaser of the unsold UT president’s home. Or something.
The new mint:
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