TEA’s legal team helped a tenured Cheatham County teacher with almost 30 years of experience win back three years of compensation and retirement eligibility after she was dismissed from her position at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
After the school shooting tragedies in Florida and Kentucky, school security is a dominant topic in the General Assembly. There is universal agreement the state needs to do more for SRO funding, but with inaction from the administration in past years on helping pay for school security, there are now bills that differ greatly on how to address safety gaps.
TEA is against a bill before the legislature to allow arming designated teachers across Tennessee. We've stopped similar proposals in Tennessee before. Laws in other states where teachers can carry guns in schools if they choose are dangerous to students and faculty alike.
TEA welcomes you to join our expanded version of the popular Read Across America celebration by adding a Tennessee twist to it.
The theme for the 2018 Read Across Tennessee is “Dig Into Reading,” featuring Ruffy the Reading Dog. The annual celebration falls on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. TEA drew a picture of a Tennessee dog as Seuss would have, complete with a state-shaped dog tag.
As we celebrate Black History Month, state legislators are considering legislation to help districts recruit and retain more minorities into the teaching profession.
Multiple studies have shown the powerful effect of minority students learning from educators who look like them, but the disparity between minority student enrollment and teachers of color continues to be a major stumbling block on the path towards greater academic performance for all students.
TEA pushes pilot year for Kindergarten, pre-K portfolios
Tennessee Kindergarten and pre-K teachers have serious issues with the new state standards and portfolio system launched statewide this year, according to an extensive TEA survey. Now, the General Assembly is taking action, filing bills to protect teachers and raising questions on the appropriateness of the new standards.
Goal to strengthen PECCA, State Minimum Salary Schedule
TEA has undertaken a major legislative effort to improve the economic well-being of Tennessee teachers.
The TEA-backed efforts are to ensure state funds get into teacher paychecks and to strengthen local collaborative conferencing negotiations.
Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesboro) and Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) are sponsoring a bill that would improve good-faith in conferencing and require a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of the process.
On behalf of the NEA Center for Organizing (C4O), TEA and TRTA, it is our pleasure to invite NEA Retirees from Tennessee to participate in the New Educator "Retiree Experience" Project in Hamilton Co. (with potential for adding more districts in the future).
This is an organizing experience that draws on the experience of NEA-Retired educators to welcome, recruit, and engage new members of our professions.
So far, a 2% pay increase, but with revenues strong - TEA works for more. Time we pass our neighbor to the south
Last week the governor unveiled the state budget during his State of the State address, and continued to make K-12 investment a top priority. Gov. Haslam highlighted $212 million in new spending, with $55 million is dedicated to teacher pay. This amounts to about a 2 percent increase in state funding for teacher salaries, about half of the growth from last year.
The teacher evaluation system in Tennessee has a lot of room for improvement, and TEA is working to make meaningful changes in the legislature. In the meantime, teachers must understand how to make the most of the current system.