Tennessee Education Association

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Minority students thrive with minority educators

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.

Legislators file TEA-backed bill to make Kindergarten, pre-K portfolio system a pilot this year

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. 

TEA's two-pronged effort to improve teacher salaries, benefits

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.

Let's beat Bama in teacher pay!

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.


While many states still haven’t recovered from the Great Recession, TN is a leader in K-12 state funding increases

In 2014, Gov. Bill Haslam promised to lead the nation in teacher salary increases, but had no pay funds in the budget when revenue dropped. TEA was highly critical, and the governor took exception. We explained to him that when he was wrong he’d hear it, and when right, well, he’d hear that too. 

TEA pushes pilot year for kindergarten, Pre-K portfolio system

The majority of Tennessee kindergarten teachers would like to see the new state portfolio standards to be implemented as a pilot this year in light of many problems associated with their roll out, a TEA survey has found. TEA is working with the legislature to ensure it is so. 

For many teachers, the new standards came as a surprise after the hard work to implement the standards and portfolio system for the 2016-17 school year, which many teachers supported. 

TEA, lawmakers question TNReady

Low proficiency rates, strange “bowl” curves, compact cut scores, huge TVAAS assumptions, and a disconnect from ACT outcomes among biggest problems

Teachers believe in assessments, we were the ones who invented them. 

Yet TEA and others have growing concerns about TNReady as the testing data is provided to schools, teachers and parents from last year.