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VOL. 43 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 22, 2019

Betting our schools on Lee’s voucher plan

Education savings accounts offer choice, little evidence of improving outcomes

State lawmakers who want school vouchers in Tennessee have watched their plans go up in flames for years after clashing with public school advocates in both urban and rural districts. But Gov. Bill Lee has brought new life to the idea by pushing for a voucher-like program known as education savings accounts.

Voucher promoters employ old model for new effort

Parents and teachers will join Tennessee lawmakers this spring in trying to determine what Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account proposal, a school-choice option that is similar to school vouchers, would mean to them.

Public funds for religious schools? There is a precedent

How could it be constitutional to use state tax dollars to send a child to a private religious school?

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Griffey ignores constitution with Trump shout out

This week’s topic requires that I temporarily forsake my goal of making this a Trump-free zone. For that I blame Rep. Bruce Griffey.

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EVENTS

Music at the Frist. Tim Gartland is a singer-songwriter and master harmonica player committed to honoring the rich tradition of blues while moving the genre forward. Frist Art Museum Cafe, 919 Broadway. 6 p.m. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Boy with a gun is now man with a plan to help at-risk teens

The guy who long ago buried “Trigga” – his gun-slinging street name – is running a few minutes late because he’s straightening out a work-site problem concerning one of his employees.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Let the seller beware when the buyer’s house hasn’t sold

Sellers in a frantic real estate market are not likely to accept an offer contingent on the sale of the buyer’s current residence.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for February 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, February 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens.

PREDATORS

Granlund finding his footing with Predators

Zach Parise didn’t hesitate when asked what he will miss most about his former linemate, Mikael Granlund.

NEWSMAKERS

GSRM Law welcomes Bashinsky as associate

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Lisa Bashinsky as an associate attorney. Bashinsky will practice in the firm’s Business and Corporate section, with a focus on providing legal representation to businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and professionals with their business transactions and commercial needs.

BRIEFS

Latest US News rankings boost VU grad programs

Vanderbilt University’s schools of nursing, education and medicine have moved up on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 graduate school rankings.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Are prepaid car maintenance plans worth it?

Prepaid car maintenance plans are one of the most common items a dealership finance and insurance manager will offer you when you buy a new car.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to give money advice to someone not seeking help

Unsolicited money advice is like stale fruitcake: Most people wish the givers would just keep it to themselves.

CAREER CORNER

Something odd about that job offer? Wait for another

The premise of my column, which comes from one of my career mentors, might sound a bit confusing.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House passes contentious anti-discrimination bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's GOP-dominated House on Thursday approved an anti-discrimination business bill that some critics say is dangerous for LGBTQ people.

Bill to nix 1 court death penalty review goes to Lee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee appears ready to sign into law a measure that could speed up the implementation of a death sentence.

REGION

Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say

The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.

Tennessee Valley Authority plans to increase solar power

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The nation's largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan.

NASHVILLE AREA

Man accused of dragging Tennessee officer with ATV arrested

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — U.S. Marshals have arrested a man suspected of driving an off-road vehicle that dragged a police officer when a group swarmed a downtown street in Tennessee's capital.

UT SPORTS

Police: Vols DB George Jr. arrested for punching officer

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. has been arrested for allegedly punching a police officer on the side of the head.

HEALTH CARE

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans.

TECHNOLOGY

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S.

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday , an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech leads US stocks broadly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed broadly higher, led by gains in Apple and other big technology companies.

Levi Strauss has big day after going public again

NEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, is public for the second time.

Trump, corporate leaders discuss economic, business issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is discussing economic and business issues with some of America's top corporate titans.

Export slump deepens for American whiskey producers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers are suffering a worsening hangover from the Trump administration's trade disputes.

Grudgingly, Europe says Brexit delay is still possible

BRUSSELS (AP) — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. a bit more time to ease itself out of the bloc, but they warned that if Britain's Parliament spurns the offer, a chaotic exit loomed in just over a week.

Consumers should soon see benefit of Fed's patience on rates

NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018.

NATIONAL POLITICS

CFPB's Kraninger reverses Mulvaney changes to advisory board

NEW YORK (AP) — The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reversing yet another policy set by her predecessor by giving more sway to a group of committees that advise the financial watchdog.

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to certify that they protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding, White House officials said.

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