Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Stand With Public Education, Defeat Vouchers Mon. 4/22

April 22, 2019 - 3:30pm

RSVP HERE for April 22 Walk to the Capitol in Nashville

Hopefully you have read our messages about taking a stand on Monday, April 22, to let state legislators know how important it is to vote NO on Gov. Lee’s ESA/voucher bill. Our elected leaders need to know citizens in counties across Tennessee do not want to see vouchers or any other scheme that could bankrupt Tennessee’s public schools. We need every member to do the following action:

You also may want to join others and be a part of a group event.

  • Plan an event in your school on April 22, by utilizing the ideas in TEA’s ESA Voucher toolkit. This kit has materials and action planning guides for TEA members and other groups that are fighting against vouchers. Please share your plans with your UniServ Coordinator and/or local association president. If they are already planning something you might want to join together to make an even bigger impact. Or . . .                   
  • Come to Nashville on Monday, April 22, for a march on the Capitol demonstrating that vouchers would deal a mortal blow to public education in Tennessee. Plan to gather at the TEA building (801 Second Avenue North, Nashville). Food will be ready by 3:30 p.m. Procession will start forming by 4:30 p.m. Procession will continue forming until around 5 p.m. There will be ample parking at or near the TEA building and we’ll post traffic updates on social media throughout the day on Monday. RSVP HERE

Whatever you do – watch for updates from TEA!

We're asking legislators to bury ESAs/vouchers so public education in Tennessee won't be dealt a mortal blow. 

We look forward to seeing your posts on Monday – or seeing you in Nashville for the march on the Capitol! In the meantime, please contact your legislators and urge them to vote NO on ESA/vouchers!

Please work with your TEA UniServ or local president to plan an event in your area. Click here to view ideas for local events. 

If needed, please take a personal or professional day to attend. TEA does not advocate taking a sick day. 

Watch TEA social media for more updates! Some materials are intentionally not branded with TEA's logo, because this is collaborative event with a number of groups and organizations opposed to ESA vouchers. 


PECCA conferencing leads to stronger funding, securing salaries and improving benefits

More TEA locals across Tennessee are engaging in the collaborative conferencing (PECCA) process with local school boards than ever before. 

Since the collaborative conferencing law was passed, TEA affiliates have proven that the PECCA process can lead to strong MOUs that can help local funding, secure state dollars for salaries, and protect and improve benefits.

“Choice” can be a good thing, but not with ESAs, charters

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, a writer and teacher from Ghana, said, “Don’t just find faults; be the solution to the problems you see!”

That’s why TEA isn’t just pointing out the flaws in legislation currently being considered by Tennessee lawmakers: we are offering a better solution.

The education buzzword in the General Assembly this year is “choice,” and more than one bill has been filed under the guise of offering educational choice.

Educators, parents and faith leaders agree ESA voucher proposal will hurt Tennessee students, public schools

The Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Parent Teacher Association and Pastors for Tennessee Children stand united in opposition to any form of education savings account voucher programs. As legislators consider the administration’s voucher proposal this week, it is important that they know teachers, parents and faith leaders are adamantly opposed to privatizing our public schools.

Emerging Leaders School

The Tennessee Education Association will offer the Emerging Leaders School in conjunction with the 2020 TEA Summer Leadership Academy to be held June 11-13 at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Nashville. The Emerging Leaders School will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 11. Application forms must be received at the TEA Headquarters by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2020.