Sue Who? Sue You!

By Steve Hunley I’ve always said people think the best tax is one somebody else pays while they derive the benefit. One could use the same logic with several school systems announcing they are filing suit against Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and the Tennessee Board of Education.   […]

Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

By Steve Hunley Most folks are aware that the Knox County Board of Education has been dithering about whether or not to sue the State of Tennessee, along with the three other big urban counties – – – Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton. Shelby and Hamilton have apparently already voted to sue the state over the […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

Tennessee’s Promise: Holding Public Schools Accountable

By Steve Hunley Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga has introduced a remarkable bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Gardenhire bill refers to Governor Haslam’s promise to pay for two years of college; Gardenhire proposes that those students who have to take remedial courses, the school system graduating the remedial student has to pay the […]

Publisher’s Position: The Next Big Thing: The Balanced School Calendar

By Steve Hunley One of the hallmarks of Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s regime is there’s always the “next big thing” right around the corner.  Unfortunately, the panacea never really seems to deliver the promised results. McIntyre’s current “next big thing” is the implementation of the “Balanced Calendar”.  In the charts accompanying this week’s editorial, […]

Publisher’s Position: No Surprise About ‘Insure Tennessee’

By Steve Hunley Governor Bill Haslam is surprised over the defeat of his “Insure Tennessee” program inside a committee in the State Senate.  I’m not the least bit surprised. Evidently the governor doesn’t talk to many people outside his own circle. The legislature is overwhelmingly Republican these days and the cries of horror by much […]

Publisher’s Position: Don’t Confuse the Voter

By Steve Hunley In my opinion, one of the most important maxims in business is “don’t confuse your customer.” This maxim is also true for politics. However, in the case of politicians, customers are voters. So, one of the top maxims of politicians should be “don’t confuse the voter.” For several months there has been […]

Publisher’s Position: Council Should Expand Ban On Panhandling

By Steve Hunley The Knoxville City Council will consider expanding the current ban on panhandling. Currently the law prohibits panhandling that is considered overly aggressive. While that is somewhat vague, the law also restricts panhandling after dark, or near banks, bus stations, as well as restaurant patios. The expansion of the ban would extend to […]

Publisher’s Position: School Woes and Little Children

By Steve Hunley Having served on the Knox County Board of Education, I learned a long time ago to watch out when someone was intoning, “It’s all for the children.”  The election of Mike McMillan as Chairman of the Knox County Board of Education came as a distinct shock to many and the coalition of […]

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