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.”
How would you feel if your teaching license was suspended for a year, and your career destroyed, because you arrived 30 minutes late to one of your high school classes? Is that worth a career? It’s a recent example of licensure action taken by the State Board of Education (SBE), and this teacher’s career was saved because the educator was a TEA member.
TEA lawyers pushed back, and the year-long suspension was dropped.
TEA’s legal team helped a tenured Cheatham County teacher with almost 30 years of experience win back three years of compensation and retirement eligibility after she was dismissed from her position at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
After the school shooting tragedies in Florida and Kentucky, school security is a dominant topic in the General Assembly. There is universal agreement the state needs to do more for SRO funding, but with inaction from the administration in past years on helping pay for school security, there are now bills that differ greatly on how to address safety gaps.
TEA is against a bill before the legislature to allow arming designated teachers across Tennessee. We've stopped similar proposals in Tennessee before. Laws in other states where teachers can carry guns in schools if they choose are dangerous to students and faculty alike.