Nicole June Reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Mark Green held an open Town Hall meeting Tuesday, September 17 at Civic Hall in Clarksville.
Green listed several issues he has been working on recently, including small business grants, funding for flood prevention in surrounding counties, privacy for citizens, the Wings of Liberty Museum, funding for the APSU farm, and funding for veterans who suffer from PTSD.
One of Senator Green’s biggest projects is a bill called ‘Come Back to Your Future’. With this legislation, any person who has dropped out of college at the halfway point will receive money to pay for half of the cost to finish their schooling, according to Green. “If you go halfway, we’ll meet you halfway,” he said. He hopes to pass the bill next year.
Surplus funds from the Hope Lottery Scholarship will be used toward this program. “It’s a one-time program, because we don’t want to incentivize people to drop out of school, but by doing this we can help the Governor in his Drive to 55.” Drive to 55 is Governor’s Haslam’s initiative to increase the number of college-educated Tennesseans to 55 percent.
After fielding questions and concerns from his constituents during the meeting, Senator Green feels the most pressing matter is that of Common Core. “It is perhaps the most emotional issue brought up tonight and everywhere I’ve gone,” he said. Common Core standards relate to public education and standardized testing. (Read more about Common Core standards in TN).
“I promise you there will be some kind of legislation on Common Core,” Senator Green said.
During the meeting, Green introduced a new facet of his website called ‘Votility’. This new feature allows constituents to view every bill he will vote on, and provide their personal opinions. Registered users can vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ based on whether they think Green should support a particular bill. The site also allows users to submit personal commentary and view the entire text of each bill.