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RSF Parents Want…

Two members of the Rutherford Students First (RSF) leadership team served on subcommittees which reviewed the upcoming changes in education funding for the state of Tennessee. As that process kicked off a few months ago, we surveyed RSF parents for their thoughts on what was important in education funding for our state, so we could provide that feedback in the committees. Here are their responses to a few questions from the survey. All of these components are important, but please rank each from most important… Read More »RSF Parents Want…

Opposing RCS Proposed Public Engagement Rules, Alternatives Offered

Intro Rutherford Students First opposes the proposed changes to the public engagement rules at Rutherford County Board of Education meetings. The practical reasons are outlined below, along with an explanation for why we oppose the Board’s changes. Beyond our opposition, we have also provided an alternative policy which would address the basic problems the Board is attempting to solve without inhibiting anyone’s rights. Why Do We Oppose the Board’s Proposed Policy? As any school board considers new policies or changes to existing policies, some core… Read More »Opposing RCS Proposed Public Engagement Rules, Alternatives Offered

Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

Big 3 items for school related Covid policy in the bill that just passed the Tennessee Legislature on 10.30.21. Summarized from the Tennessee Legislature’s Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 9077 / Senate Bill No. 9014. Quarantining in schools: The language is clear that only the State Health Commissioner has the “sole authority” to quarantine, and the committee summary of the bill passed says: “A local health entity or official, mayor, governmental entity, or school does not have the authority to quarantine a person… Read More »Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

RCS Board Meeting Follow-Up, 10.15.2021

Key notes. 1. Mask policy for RCS staff is changing to optional. – Teachers can now choose to wear masks or not. – Rutherford Students First likes any policy where individuals retain personal choice BUT the proposal for change was first stated at the Thursday meeting with no public notice other than a general topic discussion on an agenda item of Covid policy changes. Before that moment, no one knew about any specific changes (good or bad). Inserting the actual change in policy after the… Read More »RCS Board Meeting Follow-Up, 10.15.2021