Political tempest over seventh grade social studies standards has a key lawmaker scapegoating teachers
Tennessee’s future teachers took school improvement into their own hands with a first annual service project at John Early Middle School in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 25.
“Student TEA members from every part of our state gathered at John Early Middle School to make over an outdoor classroom,” said STEA President Raymond Boyd. “While some people talk about improving teaching and learning conditions at schools, we’re doing something about it.”
By TEA Executive Director Carolyn Crowder
Since the last vote was cast officially passing private school vouchers, I’ve been reminding myself that while we may have lost this battle, we have not lost the war.
Losing the voucher fight for the first time in eight years really stings. And it’s OK for us to feel disappointed and concerned about what comes next.
By TEA President Beth Brown
During a recent meeting, a legislator declared that Tennessee’s public schools are “a system of education that makes children a profit center.”
I fancy myself a fairly astute person, but I am still having trouble understanding on what grounds this legislator is basing this wholly inaccurate statement.
Like the undead in the hit series Game of Thrones, dead-headed privatization ideas just keep coming and coming. And while they may break through a wall, the war is far from over.
After months of pork-laden incentives, strong-arm threats, tight committee votes, dozens of bill changes, and millions spent in high-paid lobbyists roaming the Capitol, the House narrowly passed the Lee administration’s voucher legislation 51-46. The Senate passed the legislation 19-14.
Legislation supporting the work of transformational community schools unanimously passed both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk for signature.
Sponsored by Rep. Kirk Haston (R-Lobelville) and Sen. Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville), HB1330/SB1058 highlights the positive impact community schools have on student achievement and instructs the Tennessee Department of Education to provide technical assistance and “encourage LEAs and schools to combine multiple funding sources to create community schools and to support the schools.”