TEA members Emily Mitchell, Michelle Pheneger, Jeff Jennings and Erin Alvarado are featured in this article from the New York Times. TEA headquarters staff and UniServ District 12 coordinator Susan Young worked with New York Times reporter Mike Winerip to coordinate many of the interviews in this article.
On Wednesday, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh sent the following letter to Governor Bill Haslam concerning the new teacher evaluation system.
TEA President Gera Summerford testified Wednesday, Nov. 2, before the Tennessee House Education Committee on the many concerns regarding the new evaluation system.
Here is an excerpt from her testimony:
TEA President Gera Summerford was in Washington, D.C. this week with more than a dozen other state association presidents to lobby members of the U.S. Senate who sit on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The group was there to discuss the proposed reauthorization of ESEA - the No Child Left Behind bill.
Teacher-Evaluation Rush May Jinx Other States' Efforts
Education officials in Tennessee are taking flak from teachers and unions for rushing the implementation of a new teacher-evaluation system that will eventually undergird tenure decisionsâ€”a move, some worry, that could undermine redesigns of evaluation in other states.
Editorial by Ted Rayburn, Tennessean Opinion Page Editor
The Tennessean, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
Can it be that the fast-moving Race to the Top is getting its first gut check?
Since the drive for federal funds to improve public education in Tennessee kicked into gear about 21 months ago, the developments have been dizzying:
A special, two-week session of the General Assembly commits to a package of aggressive reforms.
President Summerford's guest editorial
The Tennessean - Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
Education is all about the students. Thatâ€™s one thing on which we can all agree. Having an effective teacher in every classroom is the first step to providing a quality education for students, and evaluations should be designed to make sure that happens.
The annual enrollment transfer period for the State of Tennessee Group Insurance Program is from October 1 to November 1, 2011. Individuals previously not enrolled in the plan may enroll with a late fee.
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