Archives: January 2019

Weekly Update, January 28th 2019

Meet your Education Committee Members!

As the First Session of the 111th General Assembly gets underway, we wanted to introduce you to the committee structure and procedure in both the House and the Senate. With legislation surrounding our education work coming soon to protect high academic standards, promote innovation in education, provide for fewer, better tests, or uphold accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, we know you’ll get to know the members of these committees well.

Each week, we’ll jump into your inbox with the bills, amendments, and legislation that is up for debate. From time to time, we might ask you to reach out to your elected officials, or the committee members themselves, and share your support of the priorities, people, and policies that lead to student success.

The House Education Committee is chaired by Representative Mark White. Learn more about the committee and its subcommittees here.

The Senate Education Committee is chaired by Senator Dolores Gresham, with Senator Brian Kelsey as 1st Vice Chair and Senator Raumesh Akbari as 2nd Vice Chair. Learn more about the committee here. We are certain you’ll hear more about these members and their work as the session continues. Are you signed up for an account in our advocacy center? It’s easy, free, and is a seamless way to keep raising your voice for Tennessee’s kids. 

Welcome, Governor Lee

Last week was a big week in education in Tennessee!

In case you missed last week’s news, we wanted to make sure you’d seen our announcement regarding Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education. Here it is in full:

“Congratulations to Penny Schwinn as she is named Tennessee’s next Commissioner of Education,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Over the last eight years, Tennessee experienced historic gains in public education, and the next Commissioner will have an opportunity to continue to advance the policies that drive success for all students in Tennessee’s classrooms.”

Lister continued: “I applaud Governor-Elect Lee for this important appointment and am encouraged by the deliberative and thoughtful approach to encouraging the best people, policies, and ideas to be at the table for every student in Tennessee. Schwinn has a track record of success in, Texas as the Texas Education Agency’s chief deputy commissioner of academics, turning around struggling schools in Delaware, and as an educator working to close the achievement gap for every student. Tennesseans for Student Success is encouraged that through her leadership and with Governor-Elect Lee, advancing opportunities for all of Tennessee’s students will be a top priority and we look forward to working with her.” As well, Tennessee welcomed her 50th Governor over the weekend, and we’re excited to help welcome him to office. We appreciate all of you who have signed up in our advocacy center to help raise your voices for student success. We’ve got another letter for you to sign – head over to our volunteer portal and help us encourage Governor Lee to continue the work for every student in Tennessee

Tennesseans for Student Success Applauds Education Appointment

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success issued the following statement on Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education:

“Congratulations to Penny Schwinn as she is named Tennessee’s next Commissioner of Education,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Over the last eight years, Tennessee experienced historic gains in public education, and the next Commissioner will have an opportunity to continue to advance the policies that drive success for all students in Tennessee’s classrooms.”

Lister continued: “I applaud Governor-Elect Lee for this important appointment and am encouraged by the deliberative and thoughtful approach to encouraging the best people, policies, and ideas to be at the table for every student in Tennessee. Schwinn has a track record of success in, Texas as the Texas Education Agency’s chief deputy commissioner of academics, turning around struggling schools in Delaware, and as an educator working to close the achievement gap for every student. Tennesseans for Student Success is encouraged that through her leadership and with Governor-Elect Lee, advancing opportunities for all of Tennessee’s students will be a top priority and we look forward to working with her.” 

For more information on Schwinn’s appointment, please visit Governor-Elect Lee’s transition website here

Thank You, Governor Haslam

Over the past eight years, Tennessee has celebrated historic gains in public education.

ACT scores and on-time graduation rates are on the rise, more students are taking advantage of early postsecondary opportunities, Tennessee has twice been named the fastest improving state in the nation in education, and the right people, policies, and priorities are in place to make sure every student in Tennessee is ready for success in classrooms, in careers, and in life.

While there is still great work to be done, there is much to celebrate.

As Tennessee gathers this weekend to inaugurate her 50th Governor, we wanted to take a moment to offer our thanks to her 49th. We are grateful for Governor Haslam’s strong work in education for every Tennessee classroom, student, teacher, parent, administrator, and future. Will you join us in thanking Governor Haslam for his service and commitment to public education?