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Legislative education calendar March 14-18

This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for March 14-18, as of March 11. Floor calendars are subject to change and addition, and committee calendars occasionally change.

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10 a.m. – House final consideration
– House Bill 11-1168 – Increase in COF stipend for some private college students
– House Bill 11-1121 – Safe schools/employment of felons bill
– House Bill 11-1248 – Composition of PERA board
– Senate Bill 11-012 – Self-administration of prescription drugs by students
– Senate Bill 11-040 – Concussion prevention

House consideration of Senate amendments
– House Bill 11-1074 – School of Mines funding of financial aid
– House Bill 11-1089 – Charter school authority to apply for grants

10 a.m. – Senate final consideration
– House Bill 11-1069 – Physical activity in elementary schools
– Senate Bill 11-069 – Study of educational management organizations

1:30 p.m. – House Education Committee, room 0112
– Senate Bill 11-100 – Continuation of higher ed common course council
– House Bill 11-1270 – Parent trigger to close schools

1:30 p.m. – Senate State Affairs Committee, room 353
– House Bill 11-1155 – Authorization for lieutenant governor to serve as agency head


9 a.m. – Senate consideration of governor’s appointments
– Terrance Carroll and Michelle Lucero to Metro State board
– Peter Decker and Matthew Wassam to Fort Lewis board


8 a.m. – Joint education committees, room 0112
– Report on college completion

1:30 p.m. – House Finance Committee, room LSB-A
– Senate Bill 11-076 – Increase in PERA contribution rates for state and some higher education employees (6th bill)

1:30 p.m. – Senate Education Committee, room 354
– Senate Bill 11-188 – Bonding for charter schools
– House Bill 11-1169 – Information sharing by campus police

1:30 p.m. – Senate State Affairs Committee, room 353
– Senate Bill 11-1007 – Choice of personnel system for Mesa State employees


Upon floor adjournment – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Adjustments to 2011-12 budget figure setting

1:30 p.m. – Senate Education Committee, room 354
– Mesa State trustee nominations of Jose Marquez and Kathleen Eck
– Senate Bill 11-173 – Interoperable school communications systems
– Senate Bill 11-052 – Higher education performance funding


7:30 a.m. – House Appropriations Committee, room LSB-A
– House Bill 11-1201 – Streamlining educator licensing (3rd bill)

9 a.m. – Senate preliminary consideration
– Senate Bill 11-126 – Undocumented student eligibility for resident tuition rates

1:30 p.m. – Joint Budget Committee, room LSB-A
– Presentation of March revenue forecasts

Use the Education Bill Tracker for links to bill texts and status information

awarding leaders

Meet the nine finalists for Tennessee Principal of the Year

PHOTO: Shelby County Schools
From left: Docia Generette-Walker receives Tennessee's 2016 principal of the year honor from Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. Generette-Walker leads Middle College High School in Memphis. This year's winner will be announced in October.

Nine school leaders are up for an annual statewide award, including one principal from Memphis.

Tracie Thomas, a principal at White Station Elementary School, represents schools in Shelby County on the state’s list of finalists. Last year, Principal Docia Generette-Walker of Middle College High School in Memphis received the honor.

Building better principals has been a recent focus for Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen as roles of the school leaders change under school improvement efforts.

“Successful schools begin with great leaders, and these nine finalists represent some of the best in our state,” McQueen said. “The Principal of the Year finalists have each proven what is possible when school leaders hold students and educators to high expectations.”

The winner will be announced at the state department’s annual banquet in October, where the winner of Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year will also be announced.

The finalists are:

West Tennessee

  • Tracie Thomas, White Station Elementary, Shelby County Schools
  • Stephanie Coffman, South Haven Elementary, Henderson County School District
  • Linda DeBerry, Dyersburg City Primary School, Dyersburg City Schools

Middle Tennessee

  • Kenneth “Cam” MacLean, Portland West Middle School, Sumner County Schools
  • John Bush, Marshall County High School, Marshall County Schools
  • Donnie Holman, Rickman Elementary School, Overton County Schools

East Tennessee

  • Robin Copp, Ooltewah High School, Hamilton County Schools
  • Jeff Harshbarger, Norris Middle School, Anderson County Schools
  • Carol McGill, Fairmont Elementary School, Johnson City Schools

you better work

Hickenlooper, on national TV, calls for bipartisanship on job training for high school graduates

PHOTO: Nicholas Garcia
Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke to reporters on the eve of the 2017 General Assembly.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday said Republicans and Democrats should work together to rethink how states are preparing high school graduates for the 21st century economy.

“It’s not a Republican or Democratic issue to say we want better jobs for our kids, or we want to make sure they’re trained for the new generation of jobs that are coming or beginning to appear,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, appeared on the Sunday public affairs program alongside Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, to discuss their work on healthcare.

The Colorado governor brought up workforce training after moderator John Dickerson asked what issues besides healthcare both parties should be addressing.

“Two-thirds of our kids are never going to have a four-year college degree, and we really haven’t been able to prepare them to involve them in the economy where the new generations of jobs require some technical capability,” Hickenlooper said. “We need to look at apprenticeships. We need to look at all kinds of internships.”

Hickenlooper has long supported a variety of education reform policies including charter schools and linking student test scores to teacher evaluations. Last fall he backed a new program that is expected to this year connect 250 Colorado high school students with paid job training.

Watch Hickenlooper and Kasich here. Hickenlooper’s remarks on job training begin right before the 11- minute mark.