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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee held his ‘State of the State’ address Monday, discussing topics like ‘big government,’ the economy, and the state’s budget, among other things.
Governor Lee promoted his budget which he says will “reinforce freedom, innovation, exceptionalism and optimism.”
He says part of this budget includes adding 100 additional highway patrol troopers and 50 new personnel to support the mission of the TBI.
Governor Lee announced his proposal for a new formula for setting aside individual dollars to support each student in the state’s specific needs.
He plans to have $1 billion in new recurring education funding in public schools across Tennessee.
He also proposed one time funding that he says would ensure that no student goes to school in a flood zone.
Governor Lee proposed to raise teacher salary by $125 million that will go into the teacher funding pool.
Governor Lee proposed for the state to invest $90 million in their outcomes based formula, which he says he expects would result in zero tuition increases for Tennessee’s public universities.
He proposed $100 million to ensure progress on critical infrastructure projects
He says more than $170 million toward interchange improvements in 12 counties in the state that will propel economic growth in rural areas.
He says $250 million will go toward road infrastructure improvements in some of the fastest growing counties in the state.
He says in total, over 600 million additional dollars will go toward investing in roads and bridges.
Lee says his administration is strengthening their vetting approach to ensure they do not spend state dollars or incentivize any company doing the work of foreign adversaries.
Lee proposed more than $18 million to attract more than 150 new primary care residents for rural Tennessee.
Lee says Tennessee’s Attorney General worked to ensure every county is entitled to its part in the $26 billion lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the state.
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National Beta members from Cleveland Middle are celebrating their recent participation in the State Junior Beta Hybrid State Convention. They were announced as winners of the following competitions: Painting, Portfolio, Quiz Bowl, Academics Tests, Creative Writing, and Robotics.
This is the school system’s fourth year competing at the State Convention and they had their largest number of convention participants. Most attendees competed virtually, however, a small contingent of 8th graders: Maddie Dauphinais, Braddock Tippet, Kara Ahlberg, and Paige Featheringill became the clubs first Quiz Bowl team. They competed in a 2-part competition placing 8th in the state virtually on their online quiz. Then they competed head to head in-person placing 3rd in the state.
Parents took their students to compete in the Visual Arts competitions after they placed first at schools first annual art show. Harper Hale placed 5th for her oil painting. 8th grader Maggi Creel also entered the club’s portfolio (12 x 12 scrapbook) showcasing the last year of involvement and placed 3rd. Paige Featheringill and Maggi Creel also represented the robotics team and accepted our Championship Plaque. Individual members also brought home several awards. Maddie Dauphinais placed 4th and Grace Dauphinais placed 1 on their grade level science exams. Harrison Moody also placed 3rd on his grade level Math exam. Kara Ahlberg placed 3rd on her creative writing piece.
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Lee University Online has once again been ranked in the top tier U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. It has also been ranked for its online Master of Business Administration program, and for the first time, it’s online Bachelor of Business Administration program.
The 2022 ranking included 361 colleges and universities of all sizes, nationwide. U.S. News chose factors that weigh how programs are being delivered and the effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. The programs were each given a score in categories including faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, and peer reputation.