Tennessee Education Association

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TEA Honors Outstanding Educators and Friends of Education

The Tennessee Education Association presented awards to Tennessee educators and supporters of public education at TEA’s Annual Awards Luncheon over the weekend.

TEA recognized the 2013-14 Distinguished Classroom Teachers. This year’s winners include Lisa Jo Anderson of Robertson County, Paula Hancock of Knox County, Crystal Harper of Memphis-Shelby County, Steven Hinkle of Hamilton County, Guy Robert Mauldin of Johnson City, Crystal Laura Nelson of Benton County and Jeannine Renfro of Metro-Nashville.

2014 Legislative Session Ends with Many Victories for Public Education

What turned out to be a very successful session for public education, students and teachers wrapped up last week. Thanks to the many calls, emails and visits by educators statewide and the tireless work of TEA's government relations team, many important bills were passed and several damaging bills were defeated. Please take a minute to read through the list of victories Jim and Antoinette, TEA's powerhouse GR team, won for you this session.

2014 Legislative Victories

Legislation passed:

Contact Your Legislators Now on Budget Amendments

Amendments to the governor's budget plan will be presented this Thursday. The bipartisan plan includes a raise and bonus for teachers.Please contact your legislators immediately to show support for this plan.

The governor's proposed changes to the budget - including the removal of his promised raise to teachers - passed both the House and Senate Finance committees yesterday. It is scheduled for floor votes this Thursday. Please contact your legislators immediately to ask for their support of the plan to reinstate the pay increase for teachers and state employees.