TEA issued the following Letter to the Editor to newspapers statewide that picked up the Chattanooga Times-Free Press article on teacher misconduct.
Teacher misconduct is the rare exception, not the rule
The following articles appear in the latest online version of teach magazine.
TEA Wins Big in 2014 Legislative Session, Sets Stage for Future Wins
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.
Nearly 800 educators from across the state gathered at the Nashville Convention Center this weekend to elect a new president and vice president of the Tennessee Education Association. This year marked the 81st annual Representative Assembly for the state’s largest professional association for educators.
Hundreds of delegates from local affiliates across Tennessee and student chapters on college campuses are expected to attend the annual business meeting of the Tennessee Education Association set for May 30-31 at the Nashville Convention Center.
The Tennessee Department of Education informed directors of schools that TCAP scores will not be available before the end of the school year, as is typically the case for calculation of students’ final grades. The state’s decision to delay the release of the scores has serious implications for students, families, teachers and administrators statewide.
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
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.
The week is off to a great start in the Tennessee General Assembly. Two important TEA bills passed one or both chambers with unanimous votes.