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Tennessee Republicans push for in-person education as COVID cases surge

BY: - July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander — a leading voice in federal education policy in the U.S. Senate — continues to support reopening the nation’s schools even as COVID-19 cases surge in Tennessee and across the nation. But he also supports more aid to help schools reopen safely — a goal at odds with the […]

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Fever checks: Real medicine or public-health theater?

BY: - July 16, 2020

World-renowned amusement parks and casinos have reopened during the coronavirus pandemic – most recently, Walt Disney World – but the state’s summer fun now comes with standing in line to get checked for fever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Temperature checks are one of the safety protocols required for admission, and they involve a worker using […]

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Trump’s reversal on international students negates need for preparations

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Trump administration reversed their proposal on Tuesday to ban international students from U.S colleges if campuses transitioned to online-only classes, but local universities have already put in place policies to protect their international students. Luca Joens is one of a few international students that chose to remain on campus at Cumberland University in Lebanon […]

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Vanderbilt Child Health Policy poll: One third of Tennessee kids with mental health conditions

BY: - July 15, 2020

The Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy released today an analysis today of a poll focused on child mental health.  Researchers polled 1,100 Tennessee parents before the pandemic began and found respondents reported roughly 30% of children between the ages of six and 17 have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as ADHD, […]

U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, is one of hundreds of congresspeople permanently banned from Russia. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Column: Fact-Checking Tennessee Congressmen

BY: - July 15, 2020

As the election heats up, we should remember three good fact-checking sites: factcheck.org, politifact.com, and snopes.com. Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Pulitzer-Prize-winning Politifact started in 2007 with a Florida newspaper and now is operated by the Poynter Institute.  Snopes began in 1994 by investigating urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore; […]

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Outside urban areas, officials reluctant to pass mask mandates

BY: - July 15, 2020

When Gov. Bill Lee gave county mayors the authority to issue mask mandates in the midst of a rising number of statewide COVID19 cases, the response from both the public and the mayors themselves was an assortment of immediate implementations, shrugs, and outright dismissals. In areas outside of the larger cities in Tennessee, a seemingly […]

John Little on an April 20 podcast with the Powerful Parent Network, a movement of parents who say the education system is not working well for children in low-income communities of color and want more choice. (Photo: YouTube)

State Rep. Parkinson urges Metro Council not to appoint John Little to school board

BY: - July 14, 2020

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson really doesn’t want Metro Council to appoint political organizer John Little to the Nashville school board. Parkinson, D-Memphis, waded into the messy world of education reform politics with a letter to council members on Monday urging them to pass on Little for the appointment of a replacement to board member Anna […]

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COVID-19 in daycare: Little oversight provided by state

BY: - July 14, 2020

At least 47 Tennessee daycares have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among staff or children, though the precise number is unknown due to vague regulatory oversight by the state. Six additional daycare centers identified possible cases and are waiting on test results as of Friday, when the data was provided to the Tennessee Lookout. Daycares […]

South Main Street in Memphis with few tourists out and about. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

From the 901: Beale Street Blues

BY: - July 14, 2020

Bar owners are having it tough across the state but some are giving as good as they get. In both Memphis and Nashville, bar owners have resorted to legal action after leaders for their respective cities have closed them or limited crowd size. Monday, 16 bar owners in Memphis sued the city, citing “significant economic […]

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Attorney asks state parole board for leniency with non-violent offenders and cites COVID-19

BY: - July 14, 2020

Prominent criminal defense attorney David Raybin is asking Tennessee Board of Parole Chairman Richard Montgomery for parole conditions for female inmates to be reevaluated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a letter,  Raybin asked the Board of Parole to reevaluate the conditions that female prisoners have to complete before their release. Specifically at issue is […]

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Foster care organization for LGBTQ youth launches

BY: - July 13, 2020

Just months after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a new bill prohibiting gay couples from adopting, the state is getting a new foster care organization exclusively serving LGBTQ+ homeless youth. True You TN is in the beginning stages of opening, having just acquired their 501(c)3 and preparing to fundraise. The group, founded by Executive Director […]

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Challengers at final Nashville schools forum focus on incumbent

BY: - July 10, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the final virtual forum of four Thursday for Metro Nashville Schools Board candidates, and the District 1 event became contentious. District 1 has the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students, the highest percentage of students of color, the lowest literacy scores in MNPS and  average ACT score in […]