Tennessee District selects PCG to provide ELA curriculum

This fall, Shelby County Schools is launching an innovative trial program to accelerate English language achievement for all students in grades 9-12. The district selected PCG and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) for their program in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement. [More]

#PCGCares: Tennessee teams celebrate the year end by giving back

On July 19, PCG’s Nashville office celebrated another year of growth and success in the Mid-South region. Through partnerships with two area organizations, PENCIL Project and Catholic Charities, three teams of PCGers from across Tennessee (approximately 70 staff in total) spent the day volunteering at three different work sites. Two PENCIL Project teams helped local elementary schools (Alex Green and Bellshire) prepare for the new school year by cleaning and setting up classrooms at the schools. At Catholic Charities, the team assisted in painting and preparing one of the organization’s new facilities in the city. [More]

#PCGCares: Mid-South team supports arts event for students with special needs

Special education students got a helping hand from PCG's Mid-South Nashville team last month as they made bracelets and drew pictures at an annual arts event. Shelby County Schools' 2016 Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF) in Memphis, TN, hosted the district's special education students for the two-day event, which featured student performances and craft projects supported by school staff and volunteers. [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Continues to Add IT MSAs to its Portfolio across the Country

PCG Technology Consulting now has 18 state IT Blanket contracts across the country. The most recent addition followed the Tennessee Department of General Services (DGS) evaluation that saw PCG added to the DGS list of preferred IT vendors. TC now holds a contract for Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services and for Systems Planning services with the state. This is the seventh state to select TC for its IV&V experience. [More]

Brookings Releases Report on Health Information Exchanges

The Brookings Institution released a report on February 8 on the implementation of health information exchanges in Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and California. Drawing upon interviews with stakeholders and health information technology experts in each state as well as case studies and other research, the report sets forth lessons learned from experience with health information exchanges in these states and addresses the development of health insurance benefits Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

10 States Will Receive NCLB Flexibility

In a February 9, 2012 press release, the President Obama Administration announced that 10 states will receive flexibility (waivers) from various mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), including the mandate that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014 based on annual test scores. States and schools that fail to meet NCLB’s mandates are subject to penalties ranging from providing students with supplemental educational services to closing the lowest-performing schools. [More]

Collective Bargaining Rights at Risk for Teachers

Legislators and governors in several states are proposing to limit or eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees including teachers. Limiting collective bargaining rights for teachers will likely strengthen the decision-making authority of school managers with regard to matters such as teachers’ pay, evaluations, retention and tenure. [More]

11 States Launch Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas launched their Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentives Programs on January 3. The HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) authorized an estimated $20 billion in Medicare/Medicaid payment incentives to promote the adoption and meaningful use of certified, interoperable health information technology to help improve coordination, efficiency, and quality of care. [More]