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State Representative Roger Kane Invites Constituents To View Rare Religious Documents On April 5

April 3, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) invites his constituents, colleagues, and citizens of Tennessee to a rare viewing of significant religious, historical, and cultural documents.

Copies of the Old Testament texts, Torah Scrolls, a scroll of the Book of Esther, and other important religious documents will be on display at the State Capitol in Nashville on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Visitors to the Capitol that day will be able to see these documents — some of which have survived the Holocaust, as well as a secret airlift out of Yemen in the late 1940s — outside the Senate Chamber from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Additionally, representatives from the Mikra Research Laboratories will host a special forum in the Supreme Court Chambers related to this unique event.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for Tennesseans to view some of our world’s historical, religious, and cultural treasures,” said Chairman Kane. “I know our residents and those across Tennessee will enjoy this extremely rare occasion, and I encourage them to participate.”

Religious leaders and citizens of all faiths are welcome.

Roger Kane serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee.   He is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs and the House Education Administration & Planning Committees. Kane lives in Knoxville and represents House District 89. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-4110 or emailing Rep.Roger.Kane@capitol.tn.gov.

Representative Roger Kane, House Education Committees Support Tennessee’s Teachers & Students in 2017

November 17, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — During the 2017 legislative session, members of the House Education Administration & Planning Committee — led by Chairman Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville) — and the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee — led by Chairman John Forgety (R-Athens) effectively supported the educational goals and dreams of the state’s teachers and students.

Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) and fellow members, the committees advanced a total of 80 legislative initiatives in 2017; fifty-eight were signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives enhance student and teacher safety, create new higher education opportunities, and improve access to high-quality education. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 22:     Places high school students on a fast track to their college degree.
  • House Bill 174:   Creates a culture of respect for educators by enacting the Teacher’s Bill of Rights.
  • House Bill 192:   Optimizes school hours for learning.
  • House Bill 310:   Creates high-quality education opportunities.
  • House Bill 322:   Enhances transportation safety for students.
  • House Bill 433:   Supports higher education opportunities for veterans.
  • House Bill 439:   Prepares school districts for adverse situations involving student safety.
  • House Bill 457:   Assists educators with the cost of classroom supplies and materials.
  • House Bill 530:   Helps military service members pursue their educational goals without fear of financial struggle.
  • House Bill 531:   Reconnects adults to higher education opportunities.
  • House Bill 980:   Funds a two-year scholarship program for students interested in earning their college degree while completing high school.
  • House Bill 1169: Reinforces the importance of Tennessee history among students.

“I am honored that my service on both of these important committees has contributed to our state’s upward trajectory as it relates to current education trends,” said Representative Kane. “We have made remarkable progress in recent years, and I look forward to finding new ways to assist our educators and our students in 2018; when these groups succeed, we all benefit.”

“The men and women who serve on these committees have worked tirelessly in 2017 in order to ensure that Tennessee is a state that continues to experience rapid and significant improvements in education,” said Chairman Brooks. “As I reflect on our endeavors together, I know we made great strides supporting our students and teachers by providing them with additional tools and resources while also demonstrating our commitment to their safety.”

“In order for Tennessee to continue to serve as a model for economic success, I believe we must focus on and invest in initiatives that strengthen our education system,” said Chairman Forgety. “By creating laws that benefit both our students and educators, we are allowing them to succeed and solidifying the future of our state.”

Additionally, the successful outcomes produced by the committees did not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

“I want to personally thank the hardworking members of both House Education Committees for their work improving education across Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their accomplishments during the 2017 legislative session will benefit current and future generations of our citizens and help our state maintain the economic momentum and prosperity we have experienced in recent years.”

Roger Kane serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee.   He is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs and the House Education Administration & Planning Committees. Kane lives in Knoxville and represents House District 89. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-4110 or emailing Rep.Roger.Kane@capitol.tn.gov.

Chairman Roger Kane Announces Funding Approval For Pellissippi State Upgrades

July 19, 2017

House Speaker Beth Harwell strongly supported funding efforts for updates

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved funding for

a multi-purpose building and renovations at Pellissippi State Community College.

The funds will cover construction of a new building for academic classrooms, science laboratories, and faculty offices. They will also be used for the removal of modular buildings and to renovate existing buildings as programs are moved.

The $27 million project was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

“Subsidizing our colleges and universities will continue to allow these institutions to prepare future generations of students to fill high-quality Tennessee jobs,” said Chairman Kane. “I am grateful to the State Building Commission for investing in this important project that will allow Pellissippi State to meet the needs of our growing student population.”

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) — a member of the State Building Commission — was a strong supporter of this critical project and encouraged the commission to approve the necessary funding.

“Projects like this are important in ensuring our college campuses have the tools they need to serve our students and teachers on a daily basis,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am proud of my colleagues for coming together and moving this initiative forward; I also thank Representative Kane for his dedication to education and to serving the residents of House District 89.”

Roger Kane serves as the Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee, as well as the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. Kane lives in Knoxville and represents House District 89, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Roger.Kane@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4110.

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New Legislation Allows American Sign Language To Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements

May 1, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) that allows American Sign Language to be used to satisfy foreign language requirements in Tennessee high schools.

House Bill 462, also known as the American Sign Language Bill, was initiated by Molly Ridgeway, a nonverbal student at Maryville College, and her boyfriend Joshua Anderson. It allows any high school student who enrolls in an American Sign Language course to use the credit they earn to satisfy foreign language requirements needed for graduation. Currently, more than 180 U.S. colleges and universities accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit from incoming high school graduates.

“This legislation fulfills a long-standing promise that we as lawmakers made to members of the nonverbal community almost 30 years ago,” said Chairman Kane. “It also improves communication between verbal and nonverbal Tennesseans and could lead to job growth for future nonverbal educators.”

The full text of House Bill 287 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0462.pdf

Roger Kane serves as the Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee, as well as the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. Kane lives in Knoxville and represents House District 89, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Roger.Kane@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4110.

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