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House District 34: Womick and Dickerson talk TIGER and TEAM

For incumbent 34th District state Rep. Rick Womick and challenger Luke Dickerson, education lies close to their hearts. So says a review of their race in The Tennessean.
Womick, a 54-year-old Republican from Rockvale, taught school for a couple of years in Ohio before joining the Air Force in 1983. Dickerson, D-Murfreesboro, currently works as a special education teacher at Northfield Elementary.
The pair hope their experiences and message resonate with voters as they head to the polls for early voting beginning Oct. 17 and on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Tennessee’s teachers face challenges with the state’s adoption of teacher evaluation systems. Womick noted that each district was given the option of choosing from a few different models, but most went with the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model, which drew a lot of criticism from classroom teachers and administrators alike.
“In Memphis and Chattanooga, they use TIGER, which has a lot to do with the teacher’s individual development, and they love it. I may be asking (state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman) to look at the possibility of adopting that statewide,” said Womick, now a commercial pilot who is married and has four children.
Dickerson, 28, who is entering his fourth year teaching English as a second language, said the reason many districts didn’t adopt TIGER is cost.
“The state is only supporting and funding TEAM. I think an evaluation system is important, but not worth spending $130 million like the state has. I think the most teacher growth and learning will come from Professional Learning Communities that we use here in Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County schools and having principals that are good leaders,” he said.

Aye of the Tiger

After some joking, the Senate approved 32-0 and sent to the House Monday a bill authorizing designated Roane County officials to accompany Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers on their inspection trips to a facility housing tigers, lions, cougars and other large members of the cat family.
SB1192 authorizes the Roane County executive or someone he designates with the county sheriff’s office or the county emergency management agency to join TWRA inspectors in their visits to the Tiger Haven.. TWRA is responsible for overseeing operations of facilities holding exotic animals.
Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, asked sponsor Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, what could be done after the bill passes that could not already be done under current law. Yager’s response was to repeat his explanation of the bill, then add that the bill is “a result of two years of discussion.”
Similar legislation was proposed last year and failed. Yager earlier told a committee that the intent is to address community concerns over operation of the Tiger Haven without interfering with its operations.
The bill inspired joshing during the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee meeting, including Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Kingsport, offering an amendment to declare, “Bengal tigers that are kept or maintained in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane and Scott counties shall be allowed to run at large.” The listed counties comprise Yager’s Senate district.
“What is this?” asked Yager when Faulk offered his joke amendment, which was never put to a vote.
When the bill itself was put to a vote in committee, Sen. Jack Johnson, R-College Grove, said he wanted his ‘aye’ vote recorded as “aye of the Tiger.” He repeated the request when the bill came to the Senate floor, prompting Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s one-word reply: “No.”