WASHINGTON—Nearly 9,000 educators from every state, including 175 from Tennessee, will come together to address the pressing issues facing schools, students and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 92nd Representative Assembly (RA) July 1–July 6 in Atlanta.
The following op-ed column by TEA President Gera Summerford was distributed statewide:
A 2012 survey of Tennessee voters reveals that while people believe their local schools are strong, quality schools, they do not feel the same way about the schools outside their community. Is this a direct result of the constant stream of negative rhetoric coming out of Nashville from some state legislators and our own Department of Education?
The State Board of Education held a special meeting today, June 21, to discuss and vote on proposed changes to the state minimum salary schedule (SMSS). While the Board did approve Commissioner Huffman's proposal, there were several victories to celebrate today thanks to your hundreds of calls, emails and presence at the meeting. TEA also presented a petition to the Board signed by more than 6,000 educators and supporters of public education.
The State Board of Education is considering a plan from Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman that would gut the existing state minimum salary schedule. The proposed radical changes would reduce the current 21-step schedule to four and collapse the levels of advanced degrees from four to one.
The Tennessee Education Association presented awards to Tennessee educators and supporters of public education at TEA’s Annual Awards Luncheon this month.
TEA recognized the 2012-13 Distinguished Educators. This year’s winners are teachers Ashley Croft (Metro Nashville), Lauryn England (Metro Nashville), Josephine Hammond (Shelby County), Sarah Harper (Memphis), Bobby McCulley (Marion County), Teri Mize (Giles County), Kenzi Neuman (Clarksville-Montgomery), administrator Kim Lampkins (Shelby County), and education support professional Benita Townsend (Robertson County).
More than 600 educators from across the state gathered at the Nashville Convention Center last weekend as local delegates to the Tennessee Education Association 2013 Representative Assembly.
Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years. When the Bush Administration passed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the plan called for every student in every public school achieving specific learning goals by 2014. Since the passage of NCLB, we have seen an increase in standardized and high-stakes tests across the nation and here in Tennessee, since many reformers believe the only way to measure student achievement is through testing.
Sometimes we get so focused on test scores we fail to see some very important truths:
The State Department of Education presented its plan for the 1.5 percent raise and proposed changes to the state minimum salary schedule at last week’s State Board of Education meeting.
As expected, the 1.5 percent salary increase in the governor’s budget will not be applied to the salary schedule, which would ensure that all teachers receive a raise. Instead, the funds will be given to the district as a sum of money for the local school board to apply as it sees fit.
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 10-11 at the Nashville Convention Center.
Elections of NEA Director for Tennessee, TEA Middle TN Administrator Director and TCRS Board Representative for West TN top the agenda of the TEA Representative Assembly. Elections will also be held for nine seats on the TEA Board of Directors and several other offices.
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