The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released its report, Supporting Effective Instruction in Tennessee, on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report was commissioned by Gov. Bill Haslam at the end of 2011. SCORE's study included nine roundtable events across the state and an online survey to gather feedback from educators on their concerns with the new evaluation system implemented in the 2011-12 school year.
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 2011-12 Distinguished Classroom Teachers. This year’s winners are Mary Brockett (Knox County), Beth Brown (Grundy County), Debbie D’Angelo (Henry County), Nellie Anne Keeton (Tipton County), Allen Nichols (Rutherford County) and Elaine Weaver (Franklin 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 2012 Representative Assembly.
There were several major wins for teachers and TEA this legislative session. These issues include:
- Passage of a bill to ensure that teacher evaluation ratings are not public records. (HB 1908/SB 1447)
Passage of additional funding for the BEP including a 2.5% salary increase for BEP funded teachers. (HB 3835/SB 3768)
Educators are encouraged to join students in the May 4 Stand Up to Bullying Day. Students and teachers across North America will "Stand 4 Change" to demonstrate their commitment to putting an end to bullying on May 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Learn more here. Also, be sure to take NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me pledge!
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 11-12 at the Nashville Convention Center.
Elections of TEA President, Vice President and NEA Director for Tennessee top the agenda of the TEA Representative Assembly. Elections will also be held for eight seats on the TEA Board of Directors and several other offices.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On April 3, 2012, the Sumner County Board of Education approved a settlement of a federal court lawsuit filed last year by the Sumner County Education Association (SCEA) and its president Dr. Alzenia Walls.
The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees announced at its March 30, 2012 meeting that retirees who have been on the TCRS retired payroll for a least 12 consecutive months as of July 1, 2012 will be receiving a three (3%) percent cost-of-living adjustment. The percentage of COLA is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year.
TEA received the following updates from the State:
Updated Preferred Drug List
Each quarter the Preferred Drug List (PDL) is updated and posted online. For the second quarter of 2012, a large number of medications will be added to the list (largely generic products) and only one drug will be removed from the PDL effective April 1, 2012.
If you or any of your colleagues have never been a member of the National Education Association before, you are eligible to join now without paying any dues until September 2012
Between April 1 and August 31, 2012, the NEA Early Enrollment Membership Incentive Plan offers eligible recruits no-cost access as “Insureds” in the NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program and access to select NEA Member Benefits programs.