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State Representatives John Forgety, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative John Forgety (R-Athens) and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Athens City Schools and Etowah City Schools have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in McMinn County.

Specifically, Athens City Schools received $48,000 and Etowah City Schools received $28,500.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“As Chairman of the House Education Instruction and Programs Committee, I have always fought for the needs of Tennessee’s teachers and students,” said Chairman Forgety. “Providing for our growing school districts is just one way that we work to ensure quality education here in our state.”

The inclusion of growth funding as part of the budget has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that the governor has added an additional $18 million in growth funding as part of his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

John Forgety serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Civil Justice Committee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He lives in Athens and represents House District 23, which includes McMinn and part of Monroe County. Forgety can be reached by email at Rep.John.Forgety@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1735.

Representative Forgety Introduces Legislation Providing Tennesseans A Fresh Start Through Education

February 7, 2018

 

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative John Forgety (R-Athens) today introduced a measure aimed at giving Tennesseans a fresh start in life by utilizing the state’s available education opportunities.

House Bill 1780 permits an individual who has a Class E felony conviction to apply for a records expunction immediately after he or she earns a certificate or degree under the Tennessee Reconnect program.

Passed in 2017, Tennessee Reconnect offers all adults without a degree access to community college tuition-free and at absolutely no cost to taxpayers.

Currently, citizens who have paid their fines, court costs, and restitution are eligible to apply for a Class E felony records expunction after a five year waiting period. House Bill 1780 keeps current stipulations for Class

E offenders in place, but reduces the required wait time to apply for records expunction to as little as 12-18 months in some instances.

This reduction provides a fresh start for residents, decreases recidivism, and minimizes the use of taxpayer funds to cover incarceration costs.

According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, instances of recidivism have decreased by more than three percent statewide from 2010-2016. However, the state’s recent opioid crisis is leading to a larger number of drug-related arrests, as well as repeat offenders.

A survey conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice estimates that the state spent $723,680,760 on prison expenditures in 2015 alone.

“While we have made considerable strides reducing recidivism in Tennessee, our citizens still have to bear the high expenses of incarceration,” said Chairman Forgety. “This initiative not only saves taxpayer money, it encourages those who desire a fresh start to take advantage of our many educational opportunities so they can capitalize on a greater number of high-quality jobs available.”

For more information about how House Republicans are advancing Tennessee’s conservative values united, please visit: http://www.tnhousegop.org/

John Forgety serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Civil Justice Committee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He lives in Athens and represents House District 23, which includes McMinn and part of Monroe County. Forgety can be reached by email at Rep.John.Forgety@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1735.

State Representative John Forgety To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative John Forgety (R-Athens) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“As a former coach and physical education instructor, health and wellness have always been very important aspects of my life,” said Chairman Forgety. “I look forward to serving with this group of effective lawmakers in order to further improve the well-being and overall quality of life of our residents, as well as citizens across Tennessee.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

John Forgety serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Civil Justice Committee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He lives in Athens and represents House District 23, which includes McMinn and part of Monroe County. Forgety can be reached by email at Rep.John.Forgety@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1735.