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Johnson City school board goes on record against teacher licensure change

September 5th, 2013 9:38 am by Nathan Baker, NET News Service

JOHNSON CITY -- Contrasting Gov. Bill Haslam’s statements Tuesday, the Johnson City Board of Education unanimously passed a symbolic resolution in opposition of using standardized testing data as a prerequisite for granting professional teachers’ licenses and urged lawmakers to overturn it.

“It’s just appalling to me,” member Richard Manahan said after the vote. “If this board was to do that, we’d all be run out of office.”

The resolution, which calls the new licensure policy “inequitable and counterproductive,” will be sent to the governor, the state education commissioner and the chair of the state Board of Education bearing each of the board members’ signatures.

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