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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

student bill of rights,ethics,speed legislateing,b-ball

My bill on student rights was supposed to be heard in committee yesterday, but the committee ran long and it was pushed off for at least another week. Hopefully we will be able to hold a hearing on this bill and hear from students across the state. I have also received a call that David Horowitz may be able to come to Tennessee to speak on behalf of the bill. I am eager to hear what he has to say.

Ethics reform is being rushed in the committee to try to get it done by today. I hope we pass a good bill and not a bad one just because we are in a rush to have it done by the weekend.

Our leader spoke to us about what was going on in the committee for about 15 minutes then he had to return to the committee to finish working on it. The fifteen-minute discussion however, left many of us with more questions than when we first walked in. I am really eager to see some real ethics reform-but I also want it to be workable, understandable and functional.

I fear we may lose that in the rush. Felony classification for infractions was one of the provisions removed so far, and instead lowered to a misdemeanor.

Things are finally starting to speed up. For the longest time we moved slowly but now more bills of substance are starting to move. Most legislators wait to see how much money will be in the system before they push a bill that costs money. The finance committee killed many small bills which were not on the “Governor to do list” in order to make sure he and a few others had funds to do what they wanted.


I often hear that the end of legislative session is like trying to get a drink out of a fire hose: way too much, too fast and many times bills pass late because the volume is too great to digest or work to stop some bills. It's not that bad yet but it is speeding up.

Pat Summit visited yesterday. She is the great women's basketball coach from UT. She was very nice and spoke briefly. She just broke Dean Smith's record wins total. I think the only two left for her to go after are Jerry Tarkanian's record and Dick Baldwin's to be the coach with the most wins in college history. (B-ball pros: let me know if this is incorrect!) As impressive as her wins totals is, the graduation rate of her players is better. To me, that is the measure of greatness in her field that is often overlooked by many sports fans.

8 comments:

  1. The only problem I have with the "student bill of rights" is that a student at Lee University could push an evolution agenda and the school could do nothing about him. Can they fail that student because he does not believe in creation science.

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  2. The only problem I have with the "student bill of rights" is that a student at Lee University could push an evolution agenda and the school could do nothing about him. Can they fail that student because he does not believe in creation science.

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  3. lee is a private school and this bill does not apply to them.

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  4. Can a student at UTK receive a failing grade in Biology if his belief in "creation science" conflicts with his teacher's expected answers on evolution.

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  5. I read somewhere that the Student Bill of Rights in Colorado was a disaster. Is that just anti-SBOR propaganda or is there soemthing to it?

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  6. I found a good article on the origins of the SBoR. It is here.

    I saw this:
    The American Association of University Professors issued a statement saying that Mr. Horowitz's proposal would encourage state and campus officials to exert oversight on faculty members on academic matters rather than trust their professional judgment.

    I think it is interesting that the AAUP, the same association that the legislation pulled recommended standards from, issued that statement.

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  7. Mike225, That is precisely the point. I'm an attorney and we write our own ethical guidelines. Is it any surprise that the rules favor those of us in the profession and are predictably toothless? But the problem with academia is tenure coupled with the inherent power of a teacher over a student. In other contexts it is called "dominance" by the Left, and I have to believe that their comfort with it in academia is due to the overwhelming domination of Liberal ideology there.

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