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COVID-19 and spending cuts focus of Tennessee education budget discussions

Teacher raises, vacant positions and funding for school districts with decreased enrollment this school year were some of the topics discussed Tuesday as the chiefs of Tennessee’s education agencies presented their proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Gov. Bill Lee is hearing budget presentations from each of his state agencies over the course of the week, preparing to put together a state budget proposal Lee will present to the Tennessee Legislature in his State of the State address next year.

As the state prepared to respond to a dramatic financial toll brought on by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley asked agencies in May to prepare to propose a 12% reduction in their budgets.

In addition to specific funding requests, budget hearings have focused on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on operations and adaptations that have been necessary

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How to handle political discussions with your coworkers

  • At best, workplace political talk can be annoying — and things can easily escalate and get heated.
  • Amy Morin — a psychotherapist, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author — says there are steps you can take to prevent these conversations from harming your relationships or well-being.
  • One trick is to politely disengage by distancing yourself from break-room discussions or after-meeting political discourse.
  • It might not always been an option to omit yourself from these discussions, but address any hateful or disrespectful comments and involve your supervisor, HR, or manager if it gets hostile. 
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Listening to your colleagues debate political issues can be draining. What’s even more exhausting, though, is when they try to drag you into the conversation.

At best, workplace political talk can be annoying. But at worst, these conversations get downright heated. They can even take a serious toll on

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