Tue
Oct 14 2014
10:58 am

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Elise Gould at the EPI provides us with a snapshot of nationwide teacher employment trends. Under the fold is a first crack with TN statewide data.

While this is clearly a positive sign, unfortunately, the number of teachers and related education staffers fell dramatically in the recession and has failed to get anywhere near its pre-recession level, let alone the level that would be required to keep up with the expanding student population. Since 2008, public preK–12 enrollment increased by 1.5 percent. The figure below breaks down the teacher gap. The dark blue line illustrates the level of teacher employment. While the most recent positive trend is obvious, the longer term losses are also readily apparently.

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We are happy to see that the Knoxville News Sentinel got a few endorsements right this time around.

Today, the News Sentinel urged voters to vote NO on Amendment 1, citing the right to privacy.

Monday, the News Sentinel endorsed Gloria Johnson for State House District 13, saying she "served ably during her two years in office and deserves to be returned to Nashville for a second term."

Earlier they recommended YES votes on Amendment 2 (judicial selection) and Amendment 4 (veterans' fundraising), while recommending a NO vote on Amendment 3 (extra double-plus ban on income tax).

Finally, the New Sentinel recommends YES votes on local ballot measures including wine in grocery stores (with some qualifications) and city pension changes.

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Tue
Oct 14 2014
03:14 am

From Washington Post ...

Skilled workers, they conclude, seem to feed off each other, making each other more efficient and better at their jobs, while the same can’t be said of less-skilled workers.

A certain density of educated workers also makes a place attractive for businesses, which create jobs that attract more talented people, and so forth. So it’s not hard to see why cities fret over talent, which tends to go hand-in-hand with growth and prosperity.

Where Americas college grads are moving

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Mon
Oct 13 2014
12:17 pm

By nearly one million from 2011 to 2013, the U. S. Census Bureau reports.

Community college enrollment is down most steeply, by about 10%.

Per the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:

An optimistic take is that students have steered away from college to grab jobs that appeared as the economy improved. A more pessimistic view is that the expense of college and specter of student loan debt -- the average college graduate now owes an estimated $33,000 -- has made enrollment shrink.

In an online poll linked to the article, 89% of readers have presently answered that "yes," college has become unaffordable.

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Sun
Oct 12 2014
06:29 pm

I was going to be coy and wait for somebody to stumble over this story, but it occurs to me that people are probably confused about when to look for updates on our website, so I decided to go ahead and link a story I came across this weekend and just finished today.

It appears that the 2nd District is being invaded:

(link...)

A gusher of outside money – mostly from West Knox supporters of schools Superintendent James McIntyre – is pouring into the campaign of Tracie Sanger, one of three candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for the second district school board seat. This is perfectly legal.

But a recent email sent to the membership of the West High School PTSO soliciting support and financial contributions for Sanger may have crossed the line.

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Sun
Oct 12 2014
06:04 pm

Is there some sort of seal, or proclamation of standards, certified by, Good Housekeeping seal of approval kind of thing, USDA seal, not sure what I would call it, that publications could say they go by and print that on their publication? I have never thought about it. I guess it could apply to TV, radio, web sites.

I came across a couple ..

Pew Research Journalism Project
Principles of Journalism

Society of Professional Journalists
SPJ Code of Ethics

NPR seems to have it's own in house created code
NPR Ethics Handbook

PBS
PBS Journalistic Guidelaines

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Sun
Oct 12 2014
11:51 am

The League of Women Voters has prepared white papers on the proposed state constitutional amendments. The amendments will be decided by voters on the Nov. 4th ballot. The papers explain the amendments, what they mean, and the consequences of a 'yes' or 'no' vote.

Amendment 1: Abortion

Amendment 2: Judicial selection

Amendment 3: Income taxes

Amendment 4: Veterans group fundraising

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Knoxville Focus reporter, photographer and man about town Dan Andrews files this report about efforts to clean up Second Creek in downtown Knoxville.

Dan was researching the problem of garbage polluting Second Creek, and after wading through a maze of government, U.T. and environmental group officials he was able to get them all on the same page. There has already been action on the cleanup, and a commitment to a coordinated effort going forward.

"During the course of researching this article I dealt with the following organizations: The City Mayor’s Office, Ijams, 311, UTK, UTKP, KCSO, PBA, Green Party, City of Knoxville DPW, Knox County Register of Deeds, City Council, as well as other organizations," said Andrews.

SECOND CREEK... A STATE OF CHANGE

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Sun
Oct 12 2014
11:22 am

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Yesterday's Knoxville News Sentinel front page above-the-fold headline is a little misleading. Counties do not decide on the upcoming state constitutional amendments. Voters do. No votes have yet been held in any county.

The headline also suggests some kind of widespread support for the amendment. A Vanderbilt poll back in May showed that 71% opposed the measure, while only 23% approved.

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Sun
Oct 12 2014
11:02 am

Nobody seems to know. Richard Briggs refuses to debate State Senate 7th District candidate Cheri Siler on the issues. When asked about it, he is quoted in today's New Sentinel as saying "Look, we can't do anything to satisfy them, so forget about it."

Unfortunately, this leaves voters not knowing where Briggs stands on the issues. He's a cipher, with nothing more to offer than an 'R' beside his name.

Siler, on the other hand, has been quite forthcoming on where she stands, and she's been consistent going back to February even before the primaries. She's open and forthright about her views and she's accessible. Voters can see for themselves right here:

KnoxViews: State Senate candidate Cheri Siler on the issues

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Sat
Oct 11 2014
07:27 am


Congratulations Michele On Your



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Birthday!


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Sat
Oct 11 2014
07:09 am

What: Voice Your Vote Event: Vote No on Amendment 1
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 4:00pm
Where: Market Square - Downtown Knoxville

Healthy and Free Tennessee is holding a "Voice Your Vote" event on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Come learn about the consequences [of Amendment 1] and have fun at the same time through music and spoken word.
Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November election ballot is a dangerous and direct threat to the basic well being and privacy of all Tennesseans.

Performers include: The Reverend Donna Uma Aisha Brown (author/artist/poet), Sir Marlon Brooks DJ Slymm, Staci Swedeen (spoken word), Heart & Soul, Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, Jodi Manross, Itchy & The Hater Tots, Jay Clark and The Tennessee Tree Beaver, and special guest, Nashville's Marshall Chapman

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
11:31 am

Saw on the Twitter feed the reference to Knoxville Zoo Entry Way Project.

What is that?

We have a pretty good zoo. Is there, or has there ever been a weekend shuttle from say downtown Knoxville to the zoo? It should be paired with some significant marketing.

I could see ..

Let's go downtown for lunch, catch the shuttle out to the zoo for a little while then come back downtown for a movie or whatever.

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
11:16 am

The Urban Land Institute is wrapping up it's study of Knoxville development potential, and their recommendations are trickling out by way of @PolitiKnox.

Among the recommendations so far: "World's Fair Park lawns should be off limits to development."

UPDATE: See comments for links to the report and analysis...

PREVIOUSLY: Urban Land Institute study gets underway

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What: UTK Theory & Practice in Teacher Education Goodrich Lecture: Dr. David Berliner
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: The Foundry on the Fair Site

Dr. David Berliner
"Confronting Some Big and Little Myths about Education"
Co-Author - 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
10:19 am

City of Knoxville voters will have five proposed charter amendments on the Nov. 4th ballot. These amendments deal with fixing the city's pension plan. The proposed measures include the possibility of lump sum payouts, asset allocation, eliminating lifetime annuities for non-spouse beneficiaries, and expanding membership on the pension board.

The charter amendment language is somewhat complicated, so the city encourages voters to study the proposals before going to the polls. To assist with that, the city has posted to their website a summary that includes "the actual ballot language for each amendment (confusing - but legally required), a simple description of what the amendment would do, and an explanation of why Mayor Rogero and City Council support each amendment."

Here's the link: CITY OF KNOXVILLE PROPOSED PENSION CHARTER AMENDMENTS

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Fri
Oct 10 2014
09:53 am

In case you missed it, a recent GAO study found that the TNGOP voter suppression tactics are working in Tennessee:

GAO’s analysis suggests that the turnout decreases in Kansas and Tennessee beyond decreases in the comparison states were attributable to changes in those two states’ voter ID requirements. GAO found that turnout among eligible and registered voters declined more in Kansas and Tennessee than it declined in comparison states -- by an estimated 1.9 to 2.2 percentage points more in Kansas and 2.2 to 3.2 percentage points more in Tennessee -- and the results were consistent across the different data sources and voter populations used in the analysis.

[..]

GAO also estimated changes in turnout among subpopulations of registrants in Kansas and Tennessee according to their age, length of voter registration, and race or ethnicity. In both Kansas and Tennessee, compared with the four comparison states, GAO found that turnout was reduced by larger amounts:

• among registrants, as of 2008, between the ages of 18 and 23 than among registrants between the ages of 44 and 53;

• among registrants who had been registered less than 1 year than among registrants who had been registered 20 years or more; and

• among African-American registrants than among White, Asian-American, and Hispanic registrants.

SEE ALSO: The State of Voting in 2014

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Thu
Oct 9 2014
08:15 pm

Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo:
(link...)

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