In his “State of the State” speech last night before Tennessee’s General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam devoted a lot of time to public education, but left the audience with a mixed message on his plans for our schools.
As we prepare to celebrate Black History Month in schools across Tennessee and the nation in February, TEA is offering new links and resources for your classroom. You can call TEA Communications experts at 1.800.342.8367 for help and advice on localized resources.
National Civil Rights Museum
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a week ago today, some legislators are talking of introducing legislation to allow teachers to carry guns in Tennessee schools. TEA believes:
Notwithstanding the Sandy Hook tragedy, schools are still among the safest places children can be. As caring adults, we can and must do all we can to ensure all children have safe learning environments. At the same time, we should not rush to take extreme action without careful study of what actually improves school safety.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, families and educators affected by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Such violence against our children is simply unimaginable. Like all of you, we will be hugging our loved ones a little tighter this holiday season.
NEA President: Education community shares Newtown’s grief and loss
Tennessee Education Association Executive Director Alphonso C. (Al) Mance is retiring after 29 years with the association. Mance served as an assistant executive director prior to being promoted to executive director in 1999.
TEA and NEA submitted the following letter to the editor in response to the Chattanooga Times Free Press attacking the association in its Sunday editorial, "Union fails teachers."
TEA Supports Teachers and Students
We have all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” That statement is as applicable today as it was when it was first shared centuries ago in an African proverb. Many people make up your village and it is important to recognize their contributions to your child’s life.
As a mother of two young adults, I had two villages – one for each child. Family members, friends, teachers, coaches and many others all played a part in making my children into the successful, well-rounded adults they are today.
Thanks to you, several friends of public education were elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, including two TEA members. Thank you for all of the calls, hours of canvassing, and countless conversations you’ve had with your colleagues and families about what was at stake for public education in this election.
The State Department of Education awarded its 2012-13 Teacher of the Year awards last night. Allyson Chick, a Memphis elementary teacher and TEA member, was named the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year and was recognized as the finalist for the West Grand Division. TEA members Renda Crowe and Mary Pitner were recognized as the East Grand Division and Middle Grand Division finalists respectively. Crowe is a high school teacher in Blount County. Pitner is an elementary teacher in Bedford County.
The TEA Fund for Children and Public Education has endorsed candidates statewide who support public education. Endorsements are made based on interviews and questionnaires between the candidates, the local association and the TEA Fund.