Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Rep. Pitts Stands Up for Public Education, Teachers

Rep. Joe Pitts made the following speech in a House Education Committee meeting during the debate on HB 0190, the private school voucher bill. Please take the time to read through his remarks and share them with your colleagues, friends and family.


Thank you Mr. Chairman.  As my colleagues know I am not usually given to speeches on issues but the events of the past few weeks on this issue compel me to speak out.  I cannot be silent any longer.

TEA Legislation Calls for Fair, Strong and Simple Evaluation System

The most important issue for TEA and its members is to make common sense changes to the evaluation system so that it is something in which teachers can have faith.  A poll of 450 teachers conducted by TEA in October showed tremendous distrust of the current evaluation system, with 61 percent of teachers disapproving of the system, and 28 percent in favor.

Join TEA Legislative Rallies This Spring

TEA is planning three big “Day on the Hill” rally days.  Let’s show legislators that we are still watching them and we care about the changes they are imposing on public education. Come join your colleagues on the Hill and bring friends, children and family members with you!

Report to the TEA building at 9:30 on one of these days:

March 12, 2013
March 19, 2013
April 2, 2013

Where does TEA stand?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a week ago today, some legislators are talking of introducing legislation to allow teachers to carry guns in Tennessee schools.  TEA believes:

Notwithstanding the Sandy Hook tragedy, schools are still among the safest places children can be.  As caring adults, we can and must do all we can to ensure all children have safe learning environments.  At the same time, we should not rush to take extreme action without careful study of what actually improves school safety.