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Sen. Andy Berke selected as one of six leaders to join NewDEAL

Berke was recognized for his efforts to help more Tennesseans start up their first businesses with the Tennessee New Entrepreneur Tax Credit, said the group’s honorary chairmen, Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Mark Begich, D-Alaska. O’Malley said in a news release that he and Begich launched the group “because we believe we…

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Andy Berke plans annual Springsteen fundraiser

Fundraising efforts for outgoing state Sen. Andy Berke’s bid for Chattanooga mayor have been easy money so far—the candidate has been running unopposed for months and has been able to access leftover cash in his accounts from previous campaigns. But the candidate, hardly a new-timer at running for office, has high hopes that interested residents…

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House Party!

Join supporters for Andy’s campaign to have some fun and discuss ways that we can work together to move Chattanooga forward!

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TN virtual school draws criticism

As state officials lambaste the Tennessee Virtual Academy for low achievement scores and discuss new oversight methods, the school’s management company is facing an investigation in Florida, overcoming a list of citations issued in Georgia and recovering from reports of poor results in many of its schools. The virtual academy allows students in grades K-8…

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Editorial: Virtual academy: Trust, but verify

Tennessee has a lot of irons in the fire as it puts into effect tactical programs to boost student test scores. One of those programs is Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school approved by the Tennessee legislature last year. The K-8 academy is run by K12 Inc., the largest publicly traded online company with 100,000…

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Kids can’t afford to be set back by ‘virtual school’

Our View “Virtual schooling” has had a rough first year in Tennessee, with its students performing poorly on standardized tests. Is anyone really surprised by this? With the exceptions that online schools were originally intended for — that is, children who because of extenuating circumstances cannot attend a brick-and-mortar school every day — expecting kids…

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Online school’s performance ‘unacceptable’

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is calling last year’s student performance at Union County public schools’ new, privately run Tennessee Virtual Academy “unacceptable.” “Its performance is demonstrably poor,” Huffman said in an interview last week about the online academy, which under a 2011 law passed by the GOP-controlled General Assembly began operations in…

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TN Democratic leaders look for next big stars after setbacks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Tennessee Republicans have the luxury of dreaming about their governor or one of their senators contending for national office in 2016 or 2020, the state’s Democrats are just trying to win a single statewide race. And it could take at least six more years. The Tennessee Democratic Party has struggled to…

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Lawmaker wants review of virtual school

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sen. Andy Berke wants a review of a for-profit virtual school enrolling about 1,800 students around the state after test results put it in the bottom 11 percent. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Berke wrote to Senate Education Committee Chairman Delores Gresham that the review is important as the state considers…

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