Start keeping an eye – and ear – out for TEA’s new TV, print and radio ads this month. Thanks to a NEA advertising grant, TEA launched a new statewide advertising campaign called “Pencils to Paychecks” featuring TEA members and small business owners who graduated from Tennessee public schools.
The State Board of Education voted 6-3 to approve the licensure proposal, but delayed its implementation by one year, until August 2015. The board acknowledged the many concerns about the proposal as it now stands and made a commitment to further study the plan and amend it as-needed over the coming year.
While TEA would have preferred the board had voted down the current proposal, this outcome is still a win for Tennessee teachers. The vote today is evidence that the voices and concerns of educators were heard and considered.
Using TVAAS results as tipping point for teacher licensure decisions is improper use of TVAAS estimates
The following statement may be attributed to TEA General Counsel Rick Colbert:
The Tennessee Education Association is challenging the Department of Education and the State Board of Education on their continued pursuit of tying all facets of public education to student test data – teacher license advancement and renewal being the latest addition. The State Board of Education will vote on a proposal from Commissioner Kevin Huffman on Friday to tie teacher licensure to TVAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) scores.
TEA's leadership team and State Board Contact Team continue to urge State Board of Education members to carefully study the impact of proposed changes to teacher licensure prior to adoption.
The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced the finalists for the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Six of the nine teachers named are TEA members, including West Tennessee finalists Melissa Collins (Memphis) and Kay Hart (Henderson); Middle Tennessee finalists Laurie Mauldin (Williamson), Melissa McClure (Giles) and Judy Schinbeckler (Putnam); and East Tennessee finalist Christopher Bowen (Johnson City).
The state issued the following news release:
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.