Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


A Valentine’s Day letter to the ones who make a difference

By Carolyn Crowder, TEA Executive Director

In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, I have been thinking of the many groups of people who have made me love being an educator and association leader. 

To students: You are the reason we are all here. You are the calling that brought me into education many years ago. My love for my students and the opportunity to share my love of music with them formed the foundation of my entire professional career.

Big changes in the Capitol

House Education now one of largest committees

With dozens of freshman legislators, new House and Senate leadership, a new governor, and a new commissioner of education, it may take some time to understand the approach of the new General Assembly and the administration toward public schools, though it’s clear education will be front and center.   

General Assembly

An even worse voucher idea

Unaccountable “education savings accounts” is the latest twist to carve out public funding for private schools.

As the 111th General Assembly gets underway, there is intense speculation about what the privatization push will look like this year.  It is unclear whether or not the Lee administration will introduce its own voucher bill, as former Governor Haslam did in 2013, or whether he will leave the matter to the legislature to debate on their own. 

TEA President's Statement on Incoming Commissioner of Education

The following statement may be attributed to Beth Brown, TEA President and Grundy County High School teacher:

“As the president of the largest professional association for Tennessee educators, I look forward to working with Commissioner Penny Schwinn in the best interest of Tennessee students, educators and our great public schools. As a newcomer to our state, I hope she will take time to see firsthand the meaningful work happening in classrooms all across Tennessee, and also gain an understanding of the support and resources needed to ensure student success.

New state leadership brings opportunities, familiar fights

Historic change is happening in the state capitol. A new governor and more than a quarter of the General Assembly will take their places in January as newly elected officials. Along with new lawmakers are new leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives.

There is hope that the goals and needs of educators, students and parents across Tennessee will be addressed by the incoming General Assembly and administration.