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"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive May 14th
Friday April 29, 2016

The Crossville Post Office is entering its 24th year of supporting the National Association of Letter Carrier’s food drive on May 14th with the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. This drive is one of the most successful food drives in our nation. Last year, Cumberland County donated about 11 tons of non-perishable food items, which were collected and distributed to local food pantries. Nationally, nearly 71 MILLION pounds of food was collected. Since 1993, the total national collection stands at 1.4 BILLION pounds. This drive restocks the food banks for the summer months, after they are nearly depleted from the winter holiday season. All you have to do is place non-perishable food items in YOUR mailbox on Saturday May 14th for pantry volunteers or mail-carriers to collect. You may also take your donations to the post office. If you would like more information, please visit the NALC’s website at www.NALC.org.

Note: homemade foods, toiletry items, expired foods, glass containers, and money are not acceptable items to donate.

 


Cumb. Co. Students in Grades 3 – 8 Will Not Take TNReady Test
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 28, 2016

The State fired the supplier of the TNReady Tests on Wednesday for not meeting its extended deadline for getting materials to schools. As a result, most schools have suspended testing for grades 3 through 8. That includes Cumberland County.

Part II TNReady Tests for grades 3 – 8 in Cumberland County have been cancelled for this school year.

However, High School TNReady Tests will proceed as planned in Cumberland County.

According to Superintendent Donald Andrews, the information about the effect of these decisions on teacher evaluation and school/district accountability will be forthcoming in the very near future.

 


Haslam Signs Bill Allowing Mental Health Counselors to Refuse Patients
AP Thursday April 28, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Republican governor says he has signed a bill that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

The American Counseling Association called the legislation an "unprecedented attack" on the counseling profession and said Tennessee was the only state to ever pass such a law.

Opponents say the legislation is part of a wave of bills around the nation that legalizes discrimination.

Supporters say the bill protects the rights of therapists and allows them to refer patients to more appropriate counselors.

 


Tennessee cancels contract with TNReady vendor
WVLT/WTVF Thursday April 28, 2016

NASHVILLE (WVLT/WTVF) -- The Tennessee Department of Education is ending its relationship with the vendor of TNReady. It announced Wednesday that it was cancelling the contract with Measurement Inc., a company based out of North Carolina.

Testing is suspended for elementary and middle school students. That affects students in grades 3 through 8. This is because not all tests will arrive in time. This comes after the vendor missed its latest delivery deadline.

As of Wednesday morning, all school districts in the state were waiting on some grade 3 - 8 materials to arrive with a total of 2 million documents yet to be shipped.

High school testing will continue and be scored. Those results are expected this fall.

Districts that received materials for a complete grade or subject in grades 3 - 8 will have the option to administer that specific grade or subject test.

If a teacher has TNReady data, that information will only be used if it helps the teacher. If a teacher does not have this information, he or she will be evaluated based on prior years.

The Department of Education is working to find a vendor for next year's test and the scoring of this year's high school test.

 


Tennessee Ranks Third for Parents in Prison
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 28, 2016

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that Kentucky has the most children who have at least one parent in jail. The report also found that Tennessee has the third highest rate in the nation, with one in 10 children having a one parent behind bars. Over 5 million kids in the United States have a mother or father in prison or jail.

 

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