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Gov. Lee opens special session berating Nashville schools for remote learning decision

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has directed state lawmakers to quickly pass measures in response to educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He called Tuesday on lawmakers to grant pay raises to teachers and install a new reading benchmark for students to pass the third grade.

Meanwhile, the Republican governor had harsh remarks for schools that had rebuffed his push for in-person learning. The criticism has sparked objections from Democratic lawmakers and education advocates.

Lee’s remarks to the Republican supermajority Legislature on Tuesday kicked off a special session to grapple with the educational issues triggered by the virus outbreak. 

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