Unaccountable “education savings accounts” is the latest twist to carve out public funding for private schools.
As the 111th General Assembly gets underway, there is intense speculation about what the privatization push will look like this year. It is unclear whether or not the Lee administration will introduce its own voucher bill, as former Governor Haslam did in 2013, or whether he will leave the matter to the legislature to debate on their own.
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.
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TEA Legal has two new wins under their belt after recent rulings in favor of Tennessee teachers.
Educators statewide stand to benefit from a summary judgment issued by the Chancery Court of Maury County reinforcing teachers’ rights under the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act.
The following statement may be attributed to Beth Brown, Grundy County High School teacher and Tennessee Education Association president.
“Tennessee is in a period of significant change in leadership, which now includes the commissioner of education. As candidates for the state’s next commissioner of education are considered, it is my hope that serious consideration is given to an individual’s experience in our own Tennessee public schools.