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Legislative Update – March 5th, 2018

Did you catch our new video on Facebook or Twitter?

Last week, we launched a new four-week series called #LearnInThree where we take one of our policy priorities, one of our TSS staffers, and one camera. Three minutes later, we’ve broken down some of the big ideas in education reform. We’ll post these four videos on Saturdays in March. We hope you’ll watch and share them with your networks!

Up this week in the General Assembly? Two bills we’re supporting and one we oppose. We also want to extend a big thank you to all of you who contacted your elected officials last week. Keep your eye on our new voter engagement platform – we’ll post new bills throughout the session. Thank you!

House Bill 2030 / Senate Bill 1975 (Forgety/Gardenhire) – We talk a lot here about increasing the opportunities for our high school students to get hands-on, real-world experience in their chosen fields. Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs) and dual enrollment courses are a great way for students to get a head start on their next steps toward success. This legislation would provide EPSOs for students interested in working in advanced integrated industrial technology. Tennesseans for Student Success supports this bill and all opportunities that help our students be ready for success.

House Bill 2525 / Senate Bill 2399 (Beck/Kyle) – You’ve heard us say before that politics should stop at a school’s front door and we will always fight politically-motivated legislation that threatens Tennessee’s academic progress. This bill would prevent some public charter schools from receiving the information necessary to help inform parents of public choices available for their children. Tennesseans for Student Success opposes this bill.

Mentioned last week and up in the General Assembly this week:

House Bill 1599 / Senate Bill 1649 (Forgety/Norris) – Like HB 2030, this legislation would improve student access to career and technical education through a high-quality, work-based learning system. By incentivizing business to provide these experiences and clarifying that participating students are covered under the school district’s liability insurance, more students will have access to EPSOs. Tennesseans for Student Success supports this bill.

We say it often, and we mean it more with each passing week – thank you for being invested in the success of every Tennessee student. We couldn’t do this work without you.

Weekly Update – May 22, 2017

Graduations are around the corner, report cards are heading home, and teachers across the state are getting ready to pack up their rooms for the summer. Celebrating accomplishments, planning new beginnings – it’s one of our favorite times of the year!

In the spirit of the coming summer season, we’re jumping into your inbox to let you know a few things for the summer:

Tristar Reads is up and running. Make sure the readers in your life (K-12 grade) are signed up at TristarReads.com and are logging the hours they read this summer. By signing up and logging their reading hours, they will be eligible for one of the three $1,000 college scholarships we’ll give out at the end of the program. Sign up today!

– The first session of the 110th General Assembly adjourned last week. We held another Facebook Live to cover the highlights of the session and posted on our website a comprehensive look at legislation related to our policy principles. Take a look at both the video and our wrap-up for a deep dive into the work this session to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed. If you’d ever like us to come talk to your community, parent, or civic groups about education policy and legislation, drop us a note info@tnsuccess.org. We love sharing the great things going on to help our classrooms!

– During the next few summer months, we’ll be in your inbox every other week. We know you’re busy enjoying the fun and sun, and we don’t want to crowd your day. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information. We’ll make sure you have all the latest information in your every-other-week email from us.

Happy reading!