Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.
The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.
Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.
Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children’s school performance. One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation. Tennessee Governor Bil
Illinois state lawmakers are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites. Legislation aiming to do that passed the House last week. It would require Internet dating services operating in the state to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members. The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Representative Michelle Mussman. She says she wants to help Internet users "become more savvy" and protect themselves from online predators. Opponents say the bill overreaches.