Crangle Asks Investigation On Delay In TCAP Scores

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tommy Crangle, state House candidate for Tennessee’s 27th District, today called for an investigation of the recent delay in TCAP scores. 

He said, "Only a few days before students went home for the summer, the Tennessee Department of Education informed educators across the state that TCAP scores would be delayed.  Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered a waiver releasing schools from including TCAP scores in students’ final grades, even though including those scores is required by law. Commissioner  Huffman has also been a vocal proponent of another very unpopular education policy, Common Core.

"This is not the first mistake that has come out of this department.  The Common Core rollout has been shrouded in secrecy, there has been little involvement by key stakeholders in local school districts, it has been driven by Washington D.C.’s desire to control yet another area of our lives, it has been fed by crony capitalism (Microsoft, Pearson, etc.), and has victimized the very people it was ‘designed’ to help --- students, parents, and our communities.”

 "“The result has been a wholesale disregard for local community standards and needs. Parents are frustrated, teachers are leaving the profession, and taxpayers are wondering what they are getting for the hundreds of millions of dollars they are investing annually.  The testing, voluminous paperwork, and constant changes being dictated from Nashville are forcing many excellent teachers to leave the classroom.

“Just the math piece of Common Core is a disaster.  I’m an engineer and I know that the math I learned was the same math that sent men to the moon and back.  Education is the ‘great equalizer’ for all our children to be successful in numerous fields of endeavor.  We absolutely cannot leave our children to some fanciful experimentation without compelling data that proves that students need to learn differently.

“It appears that the Department of Education wants parents and teachers left out of this equation and I am committed to keeping them in it.  We need better parent/teacher partnerships to make education the best it can be.”

Mr. Crangle, a professional engineer and former TVA executive, is on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Early voting begins Friday, July 18.

Tennessee House District 27 includes Soddy Daisy, Falling Water, Red Bank, Mowbray, Signal and Lookout Mountains, Lookout Valley and Walden.


United Daughters Of The Confederacy Held Auction At February Meeting

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Chapter # 900 held its monthly meeting on Feb. 14, at the Kinser Church of God. The Chapter President, Marilyn Kinne called the meeting to order. The Ritual was led by Ashley Anderson.  Members recited the pledge to the Christian flag, United States flag, the Tennessee flag, and the Confederate flag.  The Star ... (click for more)

Dr. Greenwood To Speak At March Meeting Of The United Daughters Of The Confederacy

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Chapter # 900 will have a special guest speaker at their monthly meeting on March 14, at 11 a.m. at the Kinser Church of God.  The church is located at 141 Kinser Rd. S.E. in Cleveland. Dr. Neil Greenwood, Professor of History at Cleveland State will give a presentation on the Civil War :  “Factors that influenced ... (click for more)

Chattanooga In Line For New Winter Storm Thursday

After dealing with two snow events, Chattanooga is facing another one on Thursday. The prediction is for some icing that is followed by less than an inch of snow in the valley. Some mountainous areas could get up to three inches of snow. Here is the Special Weather Statement for Hamilton County: ..LIGHT WINTRY PRECIPITATION EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION WEDNESDAY NIGHT ... (click for more)

Brand-New Cleveland Police Chief No Longer In Charge After He Is Caught With Officer's Wife

The brand-new Cleveland Police Chief, Dennis Maddux, is no longer in charge after he was caught in his police car with the wife of one of his officers. City Manager Janice Casteel said she will temporarily lead the department. She said Cpt. Mark Gibson will be in charge of day-to-day operations. City Manager Casteel said, "Pursuant to Article Vlll Section 2 of the City ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)