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Proposed emergency rules a good first step. Tune into SBE conference call Thursday, April 9

TEA had a conference call Wednesday morning with Dr. Sara Morrison, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Board of Education, and board staff on proposed emergency rules.   

TEA leadership and staff have been engaged in the rule-drafting process. While there are some differences from what TEA advocated for, the proposed rules are a good first step in dealing with problems caused by COVID-19. Both TEA and state board staff believe more emergency rules and waivers will be required moving forward.  

TEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CROWDER TO RETIRE

April 7, 2020 || NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Education Association Executive Director Carolyn Crowder is retiring from the association. 

“Carolyn spent her career serving students and educators nationwide prior to joining TEA as executive director nearly seven years ago,” said TEA President Beth Brown. “She came on board during a rebuilding time for the association and has been instrumental in leading TEA to year-after-year membership growth during her tenure. Her leadership will be greatly missed by our members and our staff.”

Educators encouraged to take reconstituted Department of Ed survey

After hundreds of TEA members and parents took issue with a public survey sponsored by the state department of education, loaded and leading questions have been removed and the survey reconstituted. 

Removed survey questions referred to summer school or extended days in 2020 or 2021, who is ultimately responsible for catching students up and how many months it will take to do so. These questions led many to assume policy decisions have been made.

Department of Ed survey changed, educators encouraged to take it

After hundreds of TEA members and parents took issue with a public survey sponsored by the state department of education, loaded and leading questions have been removed and the survey reconstituted. 

Removed survey questions referred to summer school or extended days in 2020 or 2021, who is ultimately responsible for catching students up and how many months it will take to do so. These questions led many to assume policy decisions have been made.

THE STATE OF SCHOOL FUNDING AND HOW IT IMPACTS YOUR PAYCHECK, POSITION AND SYSTEM

Ensuring funding for educator paychecks and benefits is a TEA priority. Amid historic economic uncertainty, it is critical that members understand the measures taken to ensure incomes and jobs continue regardless of school building status.

Prior to recessing until June, the General Assembly made certain that public schools would continue to be funded despite being closed. In the education hold-harmless bill worked on by TEA, a provision was included that no school system shall forfeit state education dollars if it doesn’t meet the 180 instructional day requirement. None will.

Evaluations and other accountability measures must be suspended

TEA calls for the suspension of all evaluation and accountability measures for the 2019-2020 school year, recognizing a basic fact: there is no way to implement them in a valid or fair manner this school year.

Many penalties and reporting requirements were halted along with state-mandated tests in emergency hold-harmless legislation (HB2818/SB2672) passed March 18. Yet the need for quick passage and the murkiness of when schools would return left evaluations and other statutes not covered in the comprehensive legislation. 

Survey of teachers shows deep concern for students, uncertainty about means of engagement

NASHVILLE | Tennessee educators are most worried about learning loss, student wellbeing and how to engage students during school closures due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a statewide survey published by the Tennessee Education Association. 

The survey of 319 educators across the state was conducted March 25-31 by TEA. The survey will be conducted again in coming weeks to reflect changes.  

TEACHERS’ GREATEST CONCERNS: 

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