Teachers in many school districts this year are spending countless hours writing lengthy lesson plans. This interferes with their ability to teach students and provide meaningful, timely feedback on student learning, according to the Tennessee Education Association. Find more here.
The Sumner County Education Association filed suit in federal court against the Sumner County Board of Education on September 7, 2011. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Nashville, alleges violations of basic First Amendment rights of SCEA and SCEA members, as well as violation of their rights under the Professional Employees Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA). The suit names the Sumner County Education Association and Dr. Alzenia Walls, a teacher in Sumner County and president of SCEA, as plaintiffs.
On Thursday, August 25, TDE launched the new TEAM website. At this site, you can find links to a wealth of resources related to the new evaluation system. Many of these resources will be of value to all districts, whether using the state TEAM model or another approved model for teacher evaluations this year.
Originally published in teach magazine, August 2014
A huge portion of Tennessee teachers have not received a salary increase for the past several years. State funding has remained flat and local revenue is scarce, causing many school systems to give one time bonuses, if anything, for an increase in compensation. The problem of stagnant pay is unique in Tennessee.