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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
Weekly Update, April 1, 2019
This Week: GIVE Act Pushing Forward, Final Calendars & More!

As the General Assembly continues to discuss key pieces of legislation, we are excited by the GIVE Act– a Lee Administration bill clearing a big hurdle last week and moving one step closer to providing more students with opportunities to succeed. Also, the House Education Subcommittees are beginning to wrap up. 

Keep reading to learn how to partner with us and other Tennesseans to use your voice and advocate for policies that promote student success!

GIVE Act Passes Out of the Full Senate!

Governor Lee’s GIVE Act, (SB805/HB949), the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education Act, passed out of the full Senate last Thursday. 

Last week we told you about Governor Lee’s budget making education a priority, with $25 million going towards the GIVE Act, which would build public-private partnerships to provide access to more postsecondary opportunities for high school students across Tennessee.

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we believe alignment between high school classrooms and the workforce is essential to ensure our students are prepared to fill available jobs and secure economic independence upon graduation. 

The GIVE Act is scheduled to be heard in the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee tomorrow. Show your support for increasing educational opportunities for our students and sign a letter for your legislator.

House Education Subcommittees Final Calendars Scheduled

Throughout this legislative session, we have been monitoring critical pieces of legislation that will provide students across the state the opportunity to be successful in their classrooms today and futures tomorrow.The four House Education Subcommittees have submitted their final calendars to be heard next week.Stay tuned for more updates coming soon on key pieces of legislation!

Volunteer with Us!

Help us celebrate Assistant Principals Week!
We will be celebrating Assistant Principal’s April 8- 12 by stopping by schools with a special treat for them and the staff. Nominate an Assistant Principal you think is doing a great job!

Use Your Voice

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