Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Sumner County teachers file suit in Federal Court

The Sumner County Education Association filed suit in federal court against the Sumner County Board of Education on September 7, 2011.  The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Nashville, alleges violations of basic First Amendment rights of SCEA and SCEA members, as well as violation of their rights under the Professional Employees Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA).  The suit names the Sumner County Education Association and Dr. Alzenia Walls, a teacher in Sumner County and president of SCEA, as plaintiffs.

TEAM Website Launched

On Thursday, August 25, TDE launched the new TEAM website.  At this site, you can find links to a wealth of resources related to the new evaluation system.  Many of these resources will be of value to all districts, whether using the state TEAM model or another approved model for teacher evaluations this year.

Take online survey about evaluation experience


We want to hear from you!  As school begins and teachers prepare to be evaluated under a new system, TEA wants to gather information about your experience.  This first-in-a-series of short surveys on the new evaluation system over the course of this year will allow you to share your thoughts about the orientation and training you’ve received on the new evaluation system at the start of school.  As we collect your responses to surveys over the coming year, we’ll have data to guide us in working toward improvements and adjustments to the system.  TEA offers

Concerned, Frustrated or Just Plain Mad About This Year's Legislative Decisions?

This year's legislative session brought many changes to the education profession. Many legislators voted to repeal the Education Professional Negotiations Act, change tenure requirements and implement a new evaluation system. Educators in Tennessee wrote, called, rallied and visited Capitol Hill in opposition to these changes, among others, but the votes were not on their side.

It is imperative to remember which legislators voted for the law and which voted to support you. Legislators demand teacher accountability – demand legislator accountability, too!