Political tempest over seventh grade social studies standards has a key lawmaker scapegoating teachers
Tennessee’s future teachers took school improvement into their own hands with a first annual service project at John Early Middle School in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 25.
“Student TEA members from every part of our state gathered at John Early Middle School to make over an outdoor classroom,” said STEA President Raymond Boyd. “While some people talk about improving teaching and learning conditions at schools, we’re doing something about it.”
The following statement may be attributed to Beth Brown, TEA President and Grundy County High School teacher:
“As the president of the largest professional association for Tennessee educators, I look forward to working with Commissioner Penny Schwinn in the best interest of Tennessee students, educators and our great public schools. As a newcomer to our state, I hope she will take time to see firsthand the meaningful work happening in classrooms all across Tennessee, and also gain an understanding of the support and resources needed to ensure student success.
A statewide network of faith leaders has been working across Tennessee ahead of the 111th General Assembly, advocating for adequate public school funding and lifting up public education as a moral good and “a basic, core, fundamental, social-justice expression in society.”
Historic change is happening in the state capitol. A new governor and more than a quarter of the General Assembly will take their places in January as newly elected officials. Along with new lawmakers are new leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
There is hope that the goals and needs of educators, students and parents across Tennessee will be addressed by the incoming General Assembly and administration.