Rep. Hakeem: General Assembly Legislative Update

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - by Rep. Yusuf Hakeem

Education in Hamilton County

This week I was honored to have Jenny Hill from the Hamilton County Department of Education come up to Nashville and meet with me. We discussed the incredible growth of the Hamilton County School System and strategies to further better our schools. This historical growth in schools all across Hamilton County is the direct result of several intentional changes. One such change is an overhaul in training practices for teachers, which better allows them to understand that state standards and craft lessons with a heightened focus on student mastery. In addition, the Hamilton County Department of Education launched a district-wide K-12 benchmark process that gives teachers feedback on an individual student's proficiency. Other notable improvements include an increased rigor of teaching and assessments and a learning management system for professional development.

The increased quality of education in Chattanooga and Hamilton County is nothing short of amazing, and I would like to challenge my fellow legislators to support programs like the ones implemented in Chattanooga and Hamilton County. Students are our future, and we need to do our best to ensure they are getting the best possible education.

Legislation to Watch

This week I am pleased to announce that I have signed on as a Co-Prime Sponsor to House Bill 2457 (Ramsey) and House Bill 2518 (Lynn). These bills are aimed at helping our brave firefighters, who serve to protect us every day. House Bill 2457 would expand presumptive disability in acquiring certain infectious diseases in the line of duty by emergency rescue workers to include the hepatitis B virus. House Bill 2518 would expand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to cover firefighters and allow them to be eligible for worker's compensation. These two pieces of legislation will help serve those who are always serving us in the most crucial moments. Thank you to our courageous firefighters.

Community Spotlight

Earlier last week, Senator Gardenhire and I were excited to attend the Twelfth Annual Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards Ceremony with several recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Award: Kennie Almonor, a student at Ooltewah High School, and Jerry and Debbie Hightower, of Chattanooga. I am pleased to represent such selfless people dedicated to serving others. They are the backbone of our communities and embody the spirit of giving. I hope that recognizing these extraordinary citizens will let them know how they are appreciated and encourage others to make a difference.

Wednesday, a delegation from the UTC Student Government Association came to visit the legislature. I hope their visit to the State Capitol was equally memorable and educational, and that this experience helped open their eyes to what state government is all about, serving the needs of all Tennesseans. These young leaders are the future of our city, state, and country.


On Being Transparent

Do Not Fear

COVID-19 Will Disproportionately Impact Poor And Communities Of Color


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They are saying that within the next week we will have tremendous loss of life due to the coronavirus, I see the fears rising all over social media. They will not come into our homes and infect ... (click for more)

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Opinion

On Being Transparent

It was Willie Nelson in “A Song for You” that talks about the price of fame. Keep in mind, I am neither famous or wealthy, but I have always lived my life in the public eye. So, people have watched me grow up and now I am growing old. What have I learned? A lot. I also have come to understand that the world is a cruel place filled with many good people. Besides, there is evil out ... (click for more)

Do Not Fear

They are saying that within the next week we will have tremendous loss of life due to the coronavirus, I see the fears rising all over social media. They will not come into our homes and infect us with the virus, so just get outside if you can just for a walk or stay indoors whatever you prefer, and limit your time online, otherwise all the news will infect instead. Just maintain ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Georgia Coronavirus Cases Now Over 10,000; 369 Deaths

Georgia state health officials said Wednesday evening that another seven people have died from the coronavirus since Wednesday morning, bringing the total to 369. The confirmed cases are now over 10,000, at 10,189, up from 9,156 on Tuesday. Officials said 2,082 have been hospitalized in Georgia with the deadly virus - up from 1,899 on Tuesday. Whitfield County remains ... (click for more)

7 More Die Of Coronavirus In Tennessee; Cases Go To 4,362; Hamilton County Has 94 Cases With 49 Recovered

Tennessee now has 79 coronavirus deaths - up seven since the Tuesday report. Cases have gone up from 4,138 to 4,362. Officials said 449 people have been hospitalized in the state from coronavirus. The state report shows 94 cases in Hamilton County and nine deaths. Of the total cases, 49 have recovered and 27 are still in the hospital. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said ... (click for more)

Sports

SSAC Announces 2020 Women's Golf Awards

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern States Athletic Conference announced the 2020 SSAC women's golf award winner, highlighted by William Carey's Papatsara Niamrungrueang being named 2020 SSAC Women's Golf Player of the Year. Dalton State's Sydney Hermann collected Freshman of the Year honors, while all seven Lady Birds made the All-Conference team. Rijos, Daniel, Gasaway, ... (click for more)

Lady Vols' Hoops: 2019-20 Season Notebook

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The inaugural season of the Kellie Harper era at Tennessee is in the books. It came to an unexpected and surreal end when the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis forced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament and altered typical human activities around the world for a substantial period of time. A Lady Vol team that started two freshmen and ... (click for more)