Tennessee Education Association

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TEA statement on Gov. Haslam's TNReady announcement

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 statement on TNReady failure

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 Responds to Gov. Haslam's State of the State

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.”

TEA defends principals' rights

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.