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Survey Finds TN Teachers Happier With Work Environment

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that after two years of rapid change, Tennessee educators reported improved work environments in a broad range of categories, all shown to correlate to increased student achievement.
The results from the second statewide TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Tennessee Survey are now available, and more than 61,000 educators, or 82 percent, in the state responded, a five percentage point increase from 2011. Across Tennessee, 1,627 of 1,774 schools, or 91 percent, reached a response rate of at least 50 percent.
“We know that when educators feel good about the culture and climate of their school, that leads to increased results for our students,” Haslam said. “We want to hear from our teachers, and I am grateful that so many of them took the time to respond.”
From Feb. 18 through March 22, 2013, all school-based licensed educators were asked to complete the online survey using an anonymous access code. Educators were asked to submit their perceptions on a variety of issues related to student achievement and teacher retention, including the adequacy of facilities and resources; time; empowerment; school leadership; community support; student conduct; professional development; mentoring and induction services; and student learning. The results will be used by school-based decision making teams, schools, districts, and numerous other organizations to improve the teaching and learning conditions in the state’s schools and districts.

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House Group Eyes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Guns

With guns virtually certain to be a hot topic in the legislative session that begins next week, Sen. Stacey Campfield has becoming something of a point man on two firearm fronts.
A University of Tennessee official, meanwhile, acknowledged that Knoxville Republican is correct in one of his recent contentions related to the gun debate: A little-noticed provision of state law, enacted decades ago, already allows weapons to be kept by many people in locked cars on campus parking lots.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, after a talk with Campfield, has assigned two Republican legislators — Reps. Steve McManus of Cordova and Judd Matheny of Tullahoma — to lead a study of Campfield’s plans for a “don’t ask, don’t tell” law dealing with employees keeping guns in cars parked on employer premises.
McManus and Matheny met with interested parties on Wednesday. McManus said afterward they came to no conclusions, but plan to meet again next week when they will hopefully have a written copy of the Campfield plan to serve as a working draft in seeking a compromise.
The National Rifle Association unsuccessfully pushed a “guns in parking lots” bill last year. Campfield’s proposal is to generally authorize those who may legally possess guns to bring them onto business or government properties so long as the weapons are locked inside a vehicle, much as the failed NRA proposal did. But he adds provisions.

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