Fighting for Education and Kids

Mar 24, 2023 at 03:03 pm by JC Bowman 23

While discussing faith, I am reminded of a lyric from an old religious song: “Let hope rise and darkness tremble.” Too many people imagine a bleak and hopeless fut.... Read More

St. Patrick's Day Reflections

Mar 17, 2023 at 11:36 am by JC Bowman

I have long been proud of my Irish lineage. So much in fact, I even married an O’Bannon, just to make sure my children knew of their heritage and could proudly continue.... Read More

Race to the Top Revisited

Mar 08, 2023 at 01:05 pm by JC Bowman 23

  In 2010, Tennessee was one of the first states in the country to be awarded the Race to the Top (RTTT) grants. The $501 million grant award created a real shift in Ten.... Read More

Experience Matters in Education

Mar 06, 2023 at 11:36 am by JC Bowman 50

We must keep our most effective educators in the classroom and public education. We are losing too many good educators due to frustration, increased job demands, workload, and.... Read More

Why Memphis Matters

Mar 06, 2023 at 11:36 am by JC Bowman 4

In Rutherford County the conversation is naturally about Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.  However, as Rutherford County continues to grow at record paces, it is impor.... Read More

Experience Matters in Education

Feb 28, 2023 at 05:33 pm by JC Bowman 24

We must keep our most effective educators in the classroom and public education. We are losing too many good educators due to frustration, increased job demands, workload, and.... Read More

Commentary: Reject Federal Money for Education, Really? by JC Bowman

Feb 16, 2023 at 11:30 am by JC Bowman

Historically, the Federal Government had limited involvement in Public Education. That changed in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Educat.... Read More

Commentary: The 2023 Tennessee State of the State Preview on Education

Feb 10, 2023 at 04:00 pm by JC Bowman

Commentary Submitted by JC Bowman - Governor Bill Lee gives his 5th State of the State Speech on Monday, February 6, 2023. He will certainly mention education..... Read More

Commentary - Ensuring Salary Increases Reach Educator Pockets

Feb 10, 2023 at 02:00 pm by JC Bowman

Commentary Submited by JC Bowman, executive director of Professional Educators of Tennessee - As long-time advocates for educator salaries increase, the Professional Educ.... Read More

Commentary: The Role of Law Enforcement in Education

Feb 10, 2023 at 07:45 am by JC Bowman

Reducing school violence is a national imperative. Frequently school officials and police officials have different perceptions of the role of law enforcement in public educati.... Read More

Follow the Money in Education and Politics

Jan 31, 2023 at 09:11 pm by JC Bowman

It is critical that Tennesseans and Americans trust their election process. Almost certainly, cash is being funneled into obscure organizations in our state to attempt to infl.... Read More

Laboratories of Democracy

Jan 13, 2023 at 03:59 pm by JC Bowman 1

Justice Louis Brandeis called individual states “laboratories of democracy.” States, he held, can enact their own policies regardless of the actions of other state.... Read More

Opinion: New Year, New Hope

Dec 29, 2022 at 03:46 pm by JC Bowman 4

A new year is a time for reflection and more importantly a time for hope. Most people wish for a combination of happiness, health, prosperity, and peace. Educators seek streng.... Read More

Mental Health and the Holiday Season

Dec 23, 2022 at 03:58 pm by JC Bowman 6

Charles Dickens wrote in A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. Th.... Read More

What is Our WHY for Educating Children?

Dec 19, 2022 at 07:32 am by JC Bowman 7

(Submitted by JC Bowman - Commentary) My friend John Carver raised a great question on what is our WHY for educating children. Certainly, we want all children to realize thei.... Read More

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