TEA's Instructional Advocacy team has formed a new partnership with the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt to benefit all TEA members. The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of online resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances.
TEA President Barbara Gray made the following statement regarding TNReady:
“Tennessee teachers and students have lost countless hours of instruction time this school year preparing for the new TNReady assessment. The call to cancel this year’s test should have come more than two months ago when the first phase was such a disaster.”
TEA has received reports of false information concerning TEA’s involvement in decisions of the State Group Insurance Plan (SGIP) and proposed legislation affecting the plan. It is important for all members to know:
TEA President Barbara Gray issued the following statement in response to Gov. Haslam's proposal to give teachers flexibility on the use of TNReady scores in evaluations:
“TEA applauds Gov. Haslam on his proposal to give teachers the flexibility to not use TNReady test data in their 2015-16 evaluations. It is encouraging to see the governor listen to the widespread calls from educators, parents and local school boards for a one-year moratorium for TNReady data in teacher evaluations.”
TEA issued the following statement to media statewide today, Monday, Feb. 8:
TEA has long had concerns about this transition to a statewide online assessment. We have seen problems with pilot assessments and practice tests in the past, and unfortunately the first day of TNReady resulted in more issues and frustrations for our students and teachers.
TEA President Barbara Gray issued the following statement in response to Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State address.
“The governor’s proposal to put $105 million into teacher salaries demonstrates his commitment to fulfilling his promise to make Tennessee the fastest improving state in teacher salaries. The key, however, is that safeguards need to be put into place to ensure that this 4 percent ends up in teachers’ paychecks, unlike in previous years.”
Please contact your representative about the following two bills.
Private School Vouchers: THE VOUCHER BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE WILL TAKE UP TO $130 MILLION FROM SCHOOLS ACROSS TENNESSEE IF IT PASSES.
Three former Cheatham County principals will now receive back-pay after TEA filed suit against the district for unfairly demoting the three educators.
TEA filed suits on behalf of members Jenny Simpkins, Tim Ray and Angela McCarthy after former Cheatham County director of Schools Tim Webb demoted each principal without completing proper evaluations.
The SCEA is a local affiliate of the Tennessee Education Association, which is a state affiliate of the National Education Assocation. This partnership allows us to provide a wealth of resources and a local connection through face-to-face interaction with TEA and NEA staff members. We always welcome new members. To become a part of SCEA, contact your school's Association Representative.
To learn more about the SCEA operations, see our Constitution and Bylaws.
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