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Weekly Update – October 23, 2017
In case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, we had a blast the past few days celebrating our Tristar Reads winners. Joining with Arch, Sarah, and Madison’s families, teachers, and friends, we awarded three $1,000 college scholarships and encouraged a continued love of reading. It was great to be in these three schools and see a culture of literacy and student success.

Go ahead and mark your 2018 calendars. We’ll be launching another Tristar Reads summer of imagination and reading on May 1st. We hope you’ll be a part of our third year of inviting Tennessee’s students to pick up a book, read 20 minutes each day, and help stop the summer slide.

While you’re looking at your calendar, we wanted to invite you to a press conference tomorrow. At 10:30 Central tomorrow morning, on the steps of Legislative Plaza, we’ll be launching the TNSuccessCard.

This scorecard will be a one-stop-shop providing information, voting records, and legislation filed relating to student success. As we continue the work to support our four policy priorities, rigorous academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more public school choice, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, we know our TNSuccessCard website will be a helpful tool. Informing Tennessee’s constituents how their elected officials support student success, showcasing legislation that affects policy priorities, and highlighting the work to move those priorities forward is a key part of our work.


If you can’t make the Legislative Plaza press conference tomorrow in Nashville, we hope you’ll tune into our Facebook page for the replay and more information on this exciting tool for student success.

Tennesseans for Student Success Highlights Voter Outreach Efforts

Tennesseans for Student Success today announced the results of their issue advocacy and voter identification work throughout the state. A non-profit dedicated to making sure every student has an equal opportunity to succeed, a strong focus of their 2016 work has been to inform voters of the policies, people, and priorities that led to Tennessee’s unprecedented gains in education.

“In April, we committed to spending $500,000 on an aggressive air, data, and ground strategy,” said TSS president and CEO Adam Lister. “Including our work through November, we spent $975,000 in our efforts to make sure Tennesseans knew about the great things happening in their classrooms. In every area we engaged, voters chose to re-elect pro-education candidates and made clear their mandate to protect and continue the policies that have led Tennessee to become the fastest improving state in the nation in math, English language arts, and science.”

A compilation of TSS work since August shows the statewide group made over 2 million phone calls, ran both dozens of Facebook ads with more than 10 million impressions and 50,000 clicks and an online video with more than 125,000 views, and commissioned 40 polls throughout the state. They sent mail highlighting the great work of teachers and students to more than 250,000 households and hosted eight Days of Action in Nashville and Knoxville, knocking on nearly 13,000 doors to share the good news of Tennessee’s academic gains with voters.

Lister continued: “We are thrilled for Tennessee’s students that pro-reform champions will be returning to the General Assembly. We were confident that our message of strong classrooms, accountability, high standards, parent-driven and publicly-funded choice, and the necessity of a yearly assessment would win at the ballot box. The real winners here, though, continue to be Tennessee’s kids who today are better prepared for success than ever before. While electoral successes in August and November are worth celebrating, we look forward to talking to Tennesseans, learning more about their priority issues, and advocating for student success in 2017 and beyond.”