HB 97, sponsored by Rep. Harry Brooks (Knoxville), would require the State Board of Education to contract a national non-profit (not specified) to provide a wide range of efforts to increase the earning of college credits in high school. This includes a provision that the state would pay for all examination fees associated with such courses.
HB 111, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (Clarksville), would allow the commissioner of education to waive licensure requirements for individual teachers at a school district's request. This is likely intended to help rural districts fill hard-to-staff positions. However, there is no language in the bill that would require the district to demonstrate a good-faith effort to fill positions with licensed personnel.
HB 112, sponsored by Rep. John Forgety (Athens), would require every district to offer a "soft skills" course as part of their career and technical education curriculum. Additional mandated course offerings could have impacts on staffing and scheduling that could negatively affect arts supports.