Tennessee High School Students Lend Their Insight To Issues Facing Public Education

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Approximately 350 high school students gathered in Murfreesboro on March 11, to express their views on public education in Tennessee at the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE). The event took place on the Middle Tennessee State University Campus.

SCOPE is designed to give students a voice where public education issues are concerned and to involve young people in finding solutions to the topics that are discussed. Attendees participated in mock school board sessions, where they assumed the roles of school board members, school officials, parents, students and concerned citizens.
These sessions were led by actual school board members, superintendents and education leaders from across the state.

During the afternoon session, students selected a speaker to represent each of their small groups to take part in full-scale debates on current education issues. This year’s four debate topics included:
  • Corporal punishment shall be prohibited in public schools.
  • Prior to graduation, students shall be required to complete 48 hours of community service during their junior/senior years.
  • The school calendar shall be increased from 180 to 200 days of instruction.
  • Failing students shall be required to attend Saturday school for remedial instruction.
Following each debate, participants had the opportunity to vote to support or oppose the debate issues by participating in an online, SMS texting survey. All of the debate results from the conference can be found by clicking here

SCOPE delegates also elected the 2014 SCOPE officers from those underclassmen that took part in the debates. The 2014 SCOPE officers are: 
  • President: Julio Salazar, Morristown West High School, Hamblen County Schools
  • First Vice President: Kemario Davis, George Washington Carver High School, Memphis City Schools
  • Second Vice President: Amber Choice, Tyner Academy, Hamilton County Schools

There are four follow-up items from the SCOPE Conference:
  • For a sample media release, click here.
     
  • To download all student delegate group photos, officer photos and event photos, click here.
     
  • For the SCOPE Packet, click here. 

For more information contact TSBA at 800 448-6465 or visit www.tsba.net


TNStars College Savings Sweepstakes Deadline Extended To Dec. 31

Tennessee families have more time to register for one of two $5,290 scholarships awarded by the TNStars College Saving Sweepstakes. One family of an elementary school student and one family of a middle school student will be awarded $5,290 to set up college savings accounts. Contest entries will be received until Dec. 31. Winners will be randomly drawn in January. TNStars, Tennessee’s ... (click for more)

Student Design Wins ‘Moc My Ride’ Contest

Be on the lookout on campus or in downtown Chattanooga for bikes wrapped with a design of UTC colors with the Chattanooga skyline. UTC student Mikey Clavin’s design was chosen in the first ‘Moc My Ride’ contest, a partnership between Bike Chattanooga and UTC Athletics. The ‘Moc My Ride’ contest was an open competition inviting UTC students to create a unique bike design to be ... (click for more)

Architect/Contractor Selected By Erlanger For New Children's/Women's Hospital

HKS has been selected as the architect and McCarthy as the construction manager for a new Children’s and Women’s Hospital at the Erlanger campus on East Third Street. The Atlanta team competed against another Atlanta group for the major construction project. Erlanger officials announced Monday that $11.5 million is being set aside in a debt restructuring for the new $30 ... (click for more)

Westfield Charged In Burning, Torture Of Kitten At Cleveland

An arrest has been made in the case of a kitten who was burned and tortured in Cleveland, Tn. At 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Gary A. Westfield, 31, of Cleveland, was placed in custody on a warrant obtained by Lt. Robert Harbison and Detective Matt Jenkins of the Criminal Investigations Division. Westfield was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class E felony. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)