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State Representative Scott Cepicky frequently asks a compelling question: Why can’t Tennessee be the number one state in the nation for public education? Great question. Why can’t we be number one in education in the nation?

School Districts in Tennessee could be heading over a financial cliff if the Tennessee General Assembly does not take swift action during the Special Session called by Governor Lee. The state must address the BEP (Basic Education Program) formula, which funds our schools. Three critical events are occurring in most school districts due to the pandemic: unstable student enrollment, increased and unforeseen costs in public education, and uncertainty of local tax revenue. 

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Uncertainty seems to be the only thing we can be certain of today, which is a theory put forth by French theologian, writer, and mathematician Blaise Pascal. Yet it was Carl von Clausewitz, a Prussian general and military theorist, who proposed “our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.” Whether fascinating or not, we know that despite all the changes we have already faced because of this global pandemic, more change is also likely heading our way.

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Portland lost another outstanding educator on June 1 with the passing of Hilman Key. He was principal of the old Fountain Head Elementary Scho…

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After COVID-19 nearly took his life, James Story was finally able to spend time outside and enjoy the sunshine for the first time in more than two months last week.

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Longtime music educator James Story celebrates after being released from Sumner Regional Medical Center on May 28. The 65-year-old was hospita…

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Local resident and educator Allison Patton Hester was awarded Sumner County Schools Lead Educator of the Year.