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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Hamilton County Schools Close for COVID; Standardized Test Scores Released

Hamilton County Schools Will Be Closed On Tuesday And Wednesday Of Next Week, In Response To “Upward Trend” In COVID-19 Cases, Announced Soon After The Interim Superintendent Revealed The District’s Standardized Test Scores.

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Tennessee Officials Held Private Budget Meeting Over Federal Covid Funds

On Wednesday, September 1, Tennessee Officials Held A Private Budget Hearing Regarding New Federal Covid Aid. Different State Departments Pitched Ideas On How The $3.8 Billion In Funds Should Be Spent. A Second Private Meeting Was Held On Thursday But Neither Was Publicized.

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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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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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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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Illegal Immigration Investigation In TN Continues With Study Committee

During The Third Meeting Of The Joint Study Committee On Refugee Issues, The Committee Continued Its Investigation Into Current Immigration Issues In TN With Presentations By The Department Of Children’s Services, The Office Of Legal Services, Tennessee Office For Refugees/Catholic Charities And Professors Of Law…

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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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