Monthly Archives: April 2019

Weekly Update, April 15, 2019
Legislative Session Winding Down, Accountability, and more!

With the General Assembly expected to wrap up work by mid-May, we are still monitoring remaining education bills, including key public charter schools legislation. Today, we’ll update you on a bill to provide more post-secondary opportunities and discuss the importance of accountability among our educators.Also, we want to wish all our students across the state good luck on assessments, which are beginning this week! 

Read below about ways to partner with us and other Tennesseans to use your voice to help promote student success!


GIVE Act Headed for Governor’s Desk

The GIVE Act, the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education Act, has passed through both the House and Senate and is now headed to Governor Lee’s desk for his signature. By providing funding for more dual enrollment credits and creating regional partnerships for students to gain on-the-job experience, the GIVE Act will be a great step towards ensuring our students have pathways to success upon leaving graduation.

Also, we support providing families and students with high-quality public charter school options. HB940/ SB796 would create a statewide authorizer to help open more good public charter schools and close charter schools that are not performing well. This bill is set to be heard on the full House floor Wednesday morning and in the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee tomorrow.

Do you want to help Tennessee continue to lead student growth and create more opportunities for families and students? Sign a letter to your state legislator.


Protecting Accountability in Our Schools

To ensure student success, there must be accountability for everyone involved in the classroom. We hold everyone accountable by measuring for success. Student success starts with a high-quality teacher. A strong teacher evaluation system is essential to recognizing and celebrating effective educators while highlighting where more focus and additional training could be beneficial.Our students deserve high-quality teachers that are given feedback and supported through professional evaluations. If you support our teachers being given opportunities for professional development and growth, sign a letter to help provide every student with first-rate classroom instruction.


Thank You to Our Assistant Principals!

Last week, we celebrated National Assistant Principals Week across Tennessee. We stopped by schools across the state to deliver a special treat to say THANK YOU to these school leaders for making a difference every day in our schools.


Get Involved!

Nominate an Educator for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!

We will celebrate a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee) each month. Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students! 


Use Your Voice

Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here
Weekly Update, April 8, 2019
Key Public Charter Schools Legislation, Annual Assessments, and more!

The Tennessee General Assembly is beginning to wrap up work, with three of the four House education subcommittees now closed and full committees moving remaining bills. Today, we’ll update you on a bill to help ensure Tennessee has high-quality public charter schools, and we’ll touch on student assessments happening later this month.

Help us promote student success and read below about ways to partner with us and other Tennesseans to use your voice!


Key Public Charter Schools Legislation Moving Forward

Governor Bill Lee’s public charter schools legislation, HB940/ SB796, would create a statewide authorizer to help ensure Tennessee’s public charter schools are high quality. This bill continues to clear key hurdles and will be heard in both House and Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committees on Tuesday.Every student deserves a chance to succeed in the classroom, and we support providing students and families with high-quality public charter school options. If you support Governor Lee and providing high quality public charter school options, sign a letter to your state legislator.


The Value of Annual Assessments

Measuring student achievement each year helps our state to determine whether our students are truly prepared for success, and it helps parents, teachers and school leaders know where to focus their efforts in order to boost student achievement. We strongly believe in the value of an annual, standards-aligned assessment. We also believe that students and teachers work hard in their classrooms all year long, and deserve a smooth administration of these important assessments.That is why we are so proud of Commissioner Penny Schwinn and the Tennessee Department of Education, who have made it a top priority to ensure smooth administration of assessments this year. To the students preparing to complete this assessment and show what they know– best of luck from Tennesseans for Student Success!


Get Involved!

This Week is Assistant Principals Week!

Help us celebrate Assistant Principal’s THIS WEEK. Nominate an Assistant Principalyou think is doing a great job! We will be by stopping by schools with a special treat for them and the staff throughout the week. 

Nominate an Educator for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!

Each month, we will celebrate a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee). Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students! 


Use Your Voice

Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here