Following the deadly and devastating storms that ripped through Tennessee last week, the Rally for Our Schools on Monday, March 16, now has a dual purpose. TEA members will have an opportunity to remember and honor the victims of the deadly storms, and focus our efforts on rebuilding our communities. We will also rally for the funding our students, schools and communities deserve.
It's time to gather round, fetch a book and Read Across Tennessee!
Ruffy the Reading Dog is back to encourage Tennessee students of all ages to “Fetch a book” and "Unleash your brain!" The annual celebration falls on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
The TEA 2020 Rally for Schools is only three weeks out! The governor and some legislators are trying to cut taxes for corporations and out-of-state stock brokers instead of giving public education the funding we need and deserve. Once this funding is gone, the ability to provide for critical student needs and professional wages for educators could be gone for several years.
Metro-Nashville and Shelby County filed a major lawsuit on the state voucher law in chancery court on February 6. The complaint names Gov. Bill Lee and his education commissioner, Penny Schwinn, and focuses on how the voucher law violates the state constitution.
The General Assembly may only pass public acts that have statewide general application. Bills with local application must have the consent of local governments or be approved by voters in a local referendum. The voucher law did neither.
Proposal continues to build state reserves while public schools starve for resources.
While Gov. Bill Lee outlined millions in important new K-12 investment, our public schools need $1.2 billion to get to the southeast average and out of the bottom 10 in funding. Tennessee is 45th in the nation in what we invest per student.
The following statement is attributed to Beth Brown, President of the Tennessee Education Association:
“Tennessee is 45th in the nation in what we invest per student. While Gov. Lee outlined millions in new K-12 investment, our public schools need $1.2 billion to get us to the Southeast average and out of the bottom ten in funding. It is something our state can afford, and it’s the best investment our state can make.”
By TEA President Beth Brown
We recently celebrated the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a racial and social justice advocate who continues to inspire the world long after his 1968 assassination. As an English teacher, I love introducing my students to Dr. King’s pursuit of equity and his masterful use of the English language.
By TEA Executive Director Carolyn Crowder
Each year I get to give an update to the TEA Board of Directors and TEA staff on the status of TEA membership. For the past few years, this report has been one of the highlights of my year because I get to share with our leaders and staff that TEA has had another year of membership growth.
A focus on funding, testing, due process and privatization
Disruption. There’s no worse a word when talking about children.
Yet Gov. Bill Lee said he wants to be “disruptive” in education during a state Senate Republican Caucus retreat in November.
“I just challenge all of us, as we work together to challenge public school systems, to be better and that we support them in ways that are innovative and creative, that we disrupt the status quo,” Lee said, adding he thought teachers and school leaders wanted such moves.