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Governor Haslam appoints Sen. Gresham to working group reviewing school safety

(NASHVILLE), March 5, 2018 – Governor Bill Haslam has appointed Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) to a working group reviewing school safety in Tennessee.  The 17-member group is comprised of leaders from the executive branch, education, mental health and safety.  Gresham is one of four members of the General Assembly appointed to the study.

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Senate approves bill to give students who suffer dependency on alcohol or drugs greater opportunities to succeed

NASHVILLE – The full Senate approved major legislation Monday night which authorizes Local Education Agencies (LEA) to create recovery high schools for certain students with alcohol or drug abuse dependency like Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or Major Depressive Episode (MDE). Senate Bill 1626, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville),

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Legislation aims to prevent sexual misconduct by teachers with their students

NASHVILLE, (January 31, 2018) – Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), along with members of the Senate Education Committee, have filed five bills to prevent sexual misconduct by teachers with their students.  The legislative package follows a comprehensive report from Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson which revealed deficiencies in hiring practices for school personnel that could allow predators to slip through the cracks.

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Sen. Gresham announces nearly $500,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to District 26

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced the awarding of $471,534.50 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties. Gresham was informed of the grant being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grants will be used for LED lighting upgrades in facilities throughout Fayette,

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Sen. Gresham encourages local schools to nominate recycling efforts for GSAR recognition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) is encouraging local schools to nominate their recycling efforts for the University of Tennessee’s annual Good Sports Always Recycle (GSAR) program. Nominations can be submitted by all K-12 schools in Tennessee until October 3, 2017.

“I encourage all schools to nominate their recycling efforts for these awards,” said Gresham,

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Sen. Gresham welcomes over $1.3 million in workforce development grants to two TCAT institutions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) welcomes state workforce development grants into two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Jacksboro and Livingston. The grants were awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam to expand higher education opportunities in the area and support the Drive to 55 goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

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Sen. Gresham announces $125,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded to District 26

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today that seven counties in District 26 have been awarded $125,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs focused on economic development, public safety,

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Sen. Gresham attends National Forum on Education Policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) joined leaders in education in San Diego at the Education Commission of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy. The week-long forum brought front-runners from across the nation together to explore education policy from early learning to postsecondary issues.

“This forum provides an opportunity for collaboration with other states to share successes and learn from innovative leaders,” said Gresham,

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Senator Gresham and Representative Gant announce Oakland to receive $1 million for expansion and improvements project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representative Ron Gant (R-Rossville) announced today that the Town of Oakland will receive $1,010,365 through Tennessee’s State Revolving Fund Loan Program (SRF). Oakland will be using the funds for a collection systems expansion and improvements project. The funding comes from a 20-year loan with an interest rate of 1.6 percent.

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Statement from Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham regarding the confirmation of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

(NASHVILLE) — Betsy Devos is an undisputed champion of families and students. For nearly 30 years, she has devoted time and resources to improving education options for our nation’s children, yet millions still languish in failing schools in an education system more than a century old.

It’s time for a new vision.

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