We have seen reports that some districts are requiring teachers to report to work and students to complete curriculum lessons at home during this pandemic. TEA is committed to supporting and advocating for our members through these unprecedented times, and ensuring education equity for all students. Please respond to the survey below.
While Tennessee schools may be closed for weeks due to the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, extra time at home creates an opportunity to build up your Professional Development Points (PDPs) ahead of your licensure renewal deadline (August 31 of your renewal year).
As in-person trainings and seminars have been canceled across the country, TEA has online resources to keep your license and teaching practices up-to-date.
From the moment Gov. Lee suspended school last Friday, TEA has been advocating for a suspension of state testing and hold-harmless legislation for students, teachers and schools. HB2818/SB2672 is the outcome of TEA’s advocacy. The bill does everything TEA asked of our allies in the House and Senate.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 16, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The following statement may be attributed to Tennessee Education Association President Beth Brown.
“As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 rapidly increase statewide, we are relieved to see Gov. Bill Lee take decisive action to protect students, educators and families. The Tennessee Education Association supports the call for an immediate closure of our public schools statewide.
With Gov. Bill Lee’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to the spread of coronavirus, TEA has made the decision to cancel all March Civication dates and the TEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed about upcoming April events. STEA officers and TEA staff are exploring alternative election procedures should the April 4 STEA conference need to be canceled as well.
RENEWED CALL TO ACTION. A message from TEA President Beth Brown:
Following the announcement yesterday of our decision to cancel the TEA Rally for Our Schools, I want to challenge you to still mark Monday, March 16, as a Day of Action for the funding our schools deserve. Our public schools need a $1.2 billion investment from the state to provide the resources, services and support our students need to succeed.
To all TEA members:
For more than 150 years, TEA leadership and staff have been committed to working in the best interest of Tennessee students and educators. It is for that reason that we have made the decision to cancel the Rally for Our Schools on Monday, March 16. In an abundance of caution for the health of educators, students and TEA staff, we cannot responsibly ask hundreds of public education advocates to gather together in Nashville as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state.