Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Contact Your Legislators Now on Budget Amendments

Amendments to the governor's budget plan will be presented this Thursday. The bipartisan plan includes a raise and bonus for teachers.Please contact your legislators immediately to show support for this plan.

The governor's proposed changes to the budget - including the removal of his promised raise to teachers - passed both the House and Senate Finance committees yesterday. It is scheduled for floor votes this Thursday. Please contact your legislators immediately to ask for their support of the plan to reinstate the pay increase for teachers and state employees.

TEA Files Lawsuit Against Unconstitutional Use of Test Scores

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Education Association recently filed a lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education for its unconstitutional use of Tennessee Value Added Assessment System estimates in high-stakes bonus decisions.

“Unfortunately, one of our concerns with the high-stakes use of TVAAS estimates has come to fruition,” said Gera Summerford, TEA president. “It is unacceptable for any teacher to be punished financially or otherwise as a result of unreliable, flawed statistical estimates that can vary years after a student was in that teacher’s classroom.”

Sign the Petition to Ask Gov. Haslam to Support the Educator Respect and Accountability Act of 2014

TEA has made great strides in the Tennessee Legislature, gaining an amazing number of supporters for the Educator Respect and Accountability Act to prevent tying teaching licenses to standardized test scores.

While 80 of the 99 representatives in the General Assembly have signed as co-sponsors of the bill, we want to make sure that everyone is on board, including Governor Bill Haslam.

Op-ed: Keep qualified, committed educators in Tennessee classrooms

The following op-ed was submitted to newspapers statewide.

Keep qualified, committed educators in Tennessee classrooms
By Gera Summerford, TEA president

As an experienced teacher in Tennessee, I’d like to set the record straight on the use of student test scores in teacher licensure.