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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

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?

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Turkeys and time with families and thankfulness, oh my!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we love taking this week each year to share a few things we’re thankful for:

– More students are completing high school and are ready for success. On-time graduation rates are on the rise in Tennessee.
-More of our friends and neighbors say education is their number one priority. And they vote like it, too. Take a look at our Legislative Scorecard from last year and see how our legislators, with your help, supported education.
TNPathways is up and running in Tennessee helping more students today connect with certifications, jobs, training, and opportunities today for success tomorrow. There are 21 new industry certifications for our high school students, and we look forward to more ways for Tennessee’s students to be ready for success.
-Recent accountability results are encouraging for student success. More teachers, 72%, say the evaluation system has led to improvements in their teaching. More schools in Shelby County have exited state’s Priority Schools list. And 35.7% of 3-5th grade students were “on track” or “mastered” in ELA, up from 33.9% in 2017.
-You. We’re thankful for all the ways you support Tennessee’s students. We’re glad to be in this work with you.

From the Tennesseans for Student Success family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Go Vote!

Have you voted?

There’s still time. Election Day is tomorrow. Tennessee is ranked in the bottom of voter participation rates nationally, and while the early-voting turnout is encouraging, it’s critical to get to the polls tomorrow and cast your ballot.

Next year, Tennessee will have a new Governor, new members in various education committees, and new faces in the Tennessee General Assembly. We’ll have new initiatives. And we’ll have new opportunities to support Tennessee’s classrooms. We’ll join you in continuing to support the people, priorities, and policies that lead to growth and achievement for every student. Looking to see how your current legislator supports Tennessee’s kids? Check out our annual Legislative Scorecard and see how Tennessee’s General Assembly stacks up.

If you voted early, you have our thanks. If you haven’t? Go vote tomorrow. Here’s a link to find your polling place. Thank you for raising your vote for student success.