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State Representatives Kevin Vaughan, Mark White, & Department of Education Announce Growth Funding

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville), State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that both Collierville Schools and Germantown Municipal School District have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in West Tennessee.

Specifically, Germantown Municipal School District received $269,500. Collierville Schools were awarded $524,500.

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.

“This investment in our local schools is great news for our community,” said Representative Vaughan. “I pledge to our residents that I will continue to fight for additional resources in order to ensure that our teachers and students have the tools they need to succeed.”

“I am pleased that my colleagues and I have been able to secure this critical funding that will support the work of our teachers and allow our children to achieve their educational goals and dreams,” said Chairman White. “When we support our teachers, our students can focus all of their attention on learning, and all of Tennessee benefits.”

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 Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at: Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.

State Representative Mark White To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis) 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 health and overall quality of life.

“While we have made considerable progress improving the health and well-being of the citizens of our community, it remains clear that we have more work ahead of us,” said Representative White. “I believe this caucus will provide a fresh perspective that will enable us to create innovative solutions to better current health trends in communities across our state.”

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

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.