State Agencies Make Pitches For Spending Billions In TN ARPA Money

Tennessee’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group Met With State Agency Heads Last Week Regarding Funding Requests Related To The Second Half Of $3.7 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Act Relief.

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Schwinn Approves 8 Waivers Allowing Some Tennessee Schools To Shift To Remote Learning Temporarily

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn Has Granted Eight Of 14 Waiver Requests From Tennessee School Leaders Wanting To Switch Temporarily To Remote Learning Under A COVID Response Plan That Began This Week.

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Remote Learning Options Return As Schools Close In Response To COVID

Several Schools Across Tennessee Have Begun Shutting Down Citing A “Strong Surge In COVID Cases And Quarantines Among Teachers And Staff” And They Have Been Alerted That Remote Learning Is An Option On A Conditional Basis.

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Biden Administration Opens Investigation Into TN Policy On Student Masking

The U.S. Department Of Education Informed The Tennessee Department Of Education On Monday It Would Be Investigating Whether The State’s Stance On Masks In Schools Is Violating The Rights Of Disabled Students.

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Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent Asks For Universal Masking

Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent, Nakia Towns Asked That All Students Begin Masking, Even Those With Parental Opt-Outs. Towns Said, “With Governor Lee’s Most Recent Executive Order, We Respect And Understand Parental Choice. I Am Now Asking That All Students Mask, Even Those With…

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Governor Lee Says He Has No Plans To Allow Remote Learning in Tennessee

On Wednesday, August 25, Governor Bill Lee Said He Has No Plans For Tennessee To Shift Back To Remote Learning. Lee Said This Is “In Part Because We Saw Just How Devastating The Learning Loss Impact Was When We Went Remote.”

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TN Dept of Health Plans To Share Children’s Private Information With Federal Government

In A Letter That Was Sent To All TN School Superintendents, TN Dept Of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey And TN Dept Of Ed Commissioner Penny Schwinn Outlined The State’s Directive To Collaborate With The Federal Government To Collect And Share Data Concerning Contact Tracing Of Children Among Other Private Information.

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Feds Take Notice Of Lee’s School Mask Mandate Opt-Out Order

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order Allowing Parents To Opt Out Of School Or Local Government Mask Mandates Has Gotten The Attention Of The Biden Administration And U.S. Secretary Of Education Miguel Cardona.

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Legislators Seek Answers Regarding Billions of Dollars In No-Bid Contracts

Lawmakers Are Questioning Billions Of Dollars Of Deals That The State Made After Lee’s Executive Order In Response To The Pandemic Gave Departments Permission To Enter Into Contracts Without Taking Bids.

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