Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


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.

Celebrate American Education Week, Thank Your ‘Village’

We have all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” That statement is as applicable today as it was when it was first shared centuries ago in an African proverb. Many people make up your village and it is important to recognize their contributions to your child’s life.

As a mother of two young adults, I had two villages – one for each child. Family members, friends, teachers, coaches and many others all played a part in making my children into the successful, well-rounded adults they are today.

Three TEA Members Honored at State Teacher of the Year Banquet

The State Department of Education awarded its 2012-13 Teacher of the Year awards last night. Allyson Chick, a Memphis elementary teacher and TEA member, was named the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year and was recognized as the finalist for the West Grand Division. TEA members Renda Crowe and Mary Pitner were recognized as the East Grand Division and Middle Grand Division finalists respectively. Crowe is a high school teacher in Blount County. Pitner is an elementary teacher in Bedford County.

Teachers Teaching End-of-Course Exam Classes Must Pass Test

A new law, Public Chapter 1020, passed by the legislature in 2012 requires all teachers-of-record for courses in which there are state-level end-of-course (EOC) exams to carry a subject-specific endorsement for the subject area of the class.  Teachers of EOC classes who don’t have the required endorsement on their license must “demonstrate sufficient content knowledge in the course material by taking, at the teacher’s own expense, and by passing a standardized or criterion-referenced test for the content area.”