Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


TEA Statement: State Overreaches Again, Impedes Local Control

The Tennessee Department of Education’s decision this week to withhold more than $3 million from Metro Nashville Public Schools is yet another example of the state overreaching and taking control away from locally elected school boards.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the department is punishing a local school board for doing what it thinks is best for its community,” said Gera Summerford, Sevier County math teacher and TEA president. “Just this spring the state was adamant about the importance of local control for student success in Tennessee’s public schools.”

Member discounts: UT Football, Nashville Predators

As a TEA member you receive access to many special promotions and money-saving discounts. New promotions added this week include a discount on University of Tennessee football tickets and a chance to skate with the Nashville Predators. Click the links below for all of the details. You will be required to log in to view these member-only deals.

UT Football Discount

Skate with the Nashville Predators

TEA Response to Teacher Evaluation in Tennessee: A Report on Year 1 Implementation

The Year 1 Report on implementation of Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system makes some noteworthy observations and recommendations, including the following statement:

“Most teachers in Tennessee are performing at a high level as measured by their impact on student achievement.  The majority of teachers in the state are not simply adequate, but exceed expectations against high standards.”

TSBA posts collaborative conference training materials

The Tennessee School Board Association has made the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act training materials available online on its website. Nearly 20 school districts across the state are participating in collaborative conferencing this year, with many other locals eligible in the coming year. We encourage you to review these materials to get a better understanding of the process. If you have any questions about collaborative conferencing in your district, please contact your UniServ coordinator.

TEA responds to proposed State Board of Education amendment to change evaluation policy

The State Board of Education plans to consider an amendment in its meeting this week that would alter the existing policy for teachers to file an evaluation grievance. The proposed action follows Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s April directive establishing a July 15 deadline for grievances on the observation and growth components of the evaluation that directly conflicts with existing Board policy.