Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


TRICK OR TEST? More questions arise for TNReady

The ACT and graduation rates indicate we’re on the right track, but the state test says most students are failing. Who is wrong? 

The 2016-17 testing year saw thousands of misscored tests and errors in student rosters; problems with test booklets and instructions, along with returned tests through the mail; wide swings in TVAAS scores for teachers and schools; delayed scores and a continued inability for parents and teachers to review the tests; and a wide disparity in test scores compared to ACT and graduation rates. 

NBPTS Jump Start Seminar

National Board Jump Start is a training that provides early support to National Board candidates to help them understand and be successful in the certification process.

* FULLY BOOKED AS OF NOV. 2 - NO SPACE AVAILABLE FOR THIS DATE * The first training will be on November 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and covers:

TEA President: 'We don't want any of our students to live in fear.'

The End of DACA -- What It Means for Educators and Students

“We won’t give up on the children affected by the decision to end the DACA program,” said TEA President Barbara Gray. “We have bipartisan agreement in Tennessee that these children are now part of our communities. Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis) support in-state tuition for the Dreamers. As educators, we don’t want any of our students to live in fear.”

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Being part of NEA means being part of a family—a huge and caring family—that reaches out to each other when disaster strikes. 

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th, Houston, Rockport, and other communities (totaling 50 counties) have been swamped by the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. 

Texans are rising to the tremendous challenge, helping their friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers find shelter and safety. This is the American spirit at its best, when we summon unity and compassion to get through a crisis as one. 

Astronomy teacher urges eclipse safety

Wesley Roberts, astronomy teacher at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville, is looking forward to witnessing the historic eclipse of 2017 on the school lawn on Monday. 

“August 21 is the most in-your-face science event of the 21st century,” Roberts said. “It’s rare for a solar eclipse to cover the whole continent. While a partial solar eclipse happens every 18 months, it occurs in totality every 300 years or so. Nashville, Clarksville and the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountains are in the path of totality. Now that’s something to get excited about!”

Don't Leave Money on the Table!

Association members are eligible for thousands in grants!

Teachers are constantly dipping into their own pockets to fund classroom projects that  fall outside of the school budget, but there are other ways to get these projects funded. NEA, TEA and our partner organizations offer a number of grant opportunities exclusively to association members. 

TEA pushes back on state board attempt to expand power over teacher licenses

Proposed rule changes would jeopardize teacher licenses, limit local control over teacher discipline

TEA has objected to massive changes in the teacher licensure rules proposed by the State Board of Education, and halted an attempt to quickly pass them in a key legislative committee. 

Now the state board is trying to circumvent the law on passing rules by labeling them “emergency” and stating that  students’ safety is at stake. 
The idea that students were at-risk under current rules is a sham.   

Legislative leaders demand action on pay raises

TEA made the 2017 session about getting state raise funds into teacher paychecks. We testified in committees, lobbied legislators and leaders, and pushed across the state for change. 

Legislative leaders are responding. On the last session day, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and House Finance Ways and Means Chairman Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) sent a letter to Commissioner Candice McQueen and the State Board of Education, outlining the case to drive state funds into teacher salaries.