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.”
In the fall of 2018, Cheatham County teachers voted to engage in collaborative conferencing under the state PECCA law. Teachers also overwhelmingly voted to have TEA represent them at the table.
The process moved along smoothly, with the Cheatham County Board of Education team working cooperatively with the teachers’ team, until another organization stepped in and unlawfully interfered with the PECCA process. After receiving what the school board perceived as a threat from the Professional Educators of Tennessee, the board stopped conferencing.
Kindergarten teachers spoke and the Tennessee General Assembly listened. It appears it will take longer than expected for the state department of education to act.
As a result of powerful TEA member testimony demanding relief from the troubled early learning portfolio system in April, the Tennessee legislature unanimously passed a bill allowing school districts to use alternate measures of student growth that have been approved by the State Board of Education.
Tennessee schools get top 10 results with bottom 10 funding. We lead the South in graduation rates and statewide ACT scores, yet are behind all neighboring states in funding per student save for Mississippi. What would it take to get off of the bottom of the list and provide the funding Tennessee schools deserve?
Invest state tax revenue in our public schools instead of stuffing it in reserves.