On July 11, the State Insurance Committee met to establish premiums for 2013. The overall premium increase for the Local Education Plan is 9.2 percent. A table with the premiums for each Grand Division and plan type can be found here.
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.
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.
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.