Haslam Unveils Veterans Education Task Force Report

Monday, November 10, 2014 | 01:36 pm

Report outlines initiatives to encourage veteran success in Tennessee higher education
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans.
 
Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal.

Haslam Establishes Council For Judicial Appointments

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 03:35 pm

Executive Order establishes council to fill vacancies in Tennessee trial and appellate courts


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has issued Executive Order No. 41 establishing the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, a group of 11 members that will recommend candidates to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts.


This action follows approval by Tennessee voters on November 4 of a constitutional amendment establishing a method for selecting judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court in Tennessee.

Haslam Introduces Academic Standards Review Website

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:14 am

Encourages public input on state standards


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state’s current K-12 academic standards.


Academic standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. There are more than 1,100 for English language arts (ELA) and more than 900 for mathematics in Tennessee.

Haslam Appoints Johnson Circuit Court Judge For 21st Judicial District

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 03:46 pm


Replaces Judge Timothy Easter
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Deanna Bell Johnson of Franklin as circuit court judge for the 21st Judicial District, filling the vacancy created when Judge Timothy Lee Easter was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
 
The 21st Judicial District includes Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. Johnson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Haslam Announces Richard Rhoda To Retire

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 02:11 pm

Executive director of THEC and TSAC will serve through the end of the year
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Richard G. Rhoda, the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), will retire at the end of the year.
 
THEC oversees development of the state’s master plan for higher education, makes recommendations for capital appropriations in the governor’s budget, recommends tuition levels, approves new academic programs, and evaluates the state’s education lottery scholarship program.  THEC coordinates functions of the Tennessee’s public higher education systems, which consists of nine universities, 13 community colleges and 26 technology centers.

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 01:07 pm

Public review of academic standards will include input from across the state 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math.  The process is in partnership with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state.   
 
Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years.  With these standards now in their fourth year, and with the discussion happening in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam believes this is the appropriate time to take a fresh look.

Haslam Appoints Carr Chancellor for 30th Judicial District

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 02:16 pm

      
 Replacement for Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong 
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Oscar C. Carr III of Memphis as chancellor for the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. He replaces Kenny Armstrong, who was recently named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
 
Carr, 63, has been a member of the law firm Glankler Brown with a practice in litigation and an emphasis on business, construction, environmental and other civil litigation.

Haslam Travels To Afghanistan, Germany

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 10:26 am

 
Governor member of Council of Governors delegation



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Germany and Afghanistan over the weekend, where he met with military leaders and troops.  Haslam took the trip as a newly appointed member of the nation’s Council of Governors.  The organization’s purpose is to strengthen links between the states and federal defense officials.


“Visiting our troops and being able to thank them for their service in person is always an honor, especially when they are half way around the world,” Haslam said. “These men and women serve under very difficult conditions, and their ongoing commitment and determination to defending our freedom is humbling.”

Haslam Receives Employment First Task Force Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 12:16 pm

Report outlines progress made and future goals to increase disability employment


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report that outlines the steps the task force will take to expand integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities as well as progress the group has already made.


Formed last year when the governor signed Executive Order No. 28, the task force is comprised of state agencies, families, consumer advocates and service providers, and it seeks to eliminate obstacles to employment for persons with disabilities and better leverage funds to increase opportunities.

Haslam Launches $10 Million Workforce Development Grant Competition for Local Communities

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 02:13 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the start of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.


The LEAP program, administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), is accepting applications from local collaboratives that seek to create new programs and/or acquire essential equipment aligned with the gaps in the local workforce.