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Weekly Update – July 2, 2018

We’re sure you are registered to vote but are your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors?

As the 111th General Assembly begins to take shape and the list of men and women running for Tennessee’s next Governor is shortened, it’s critical that voters for student success raise their voices and hands during this election season.

There’s more at stake than wins and losses on election day. Tennessee’s leaders will have an opportunity to continue and strengthen the work done over the last few years to support high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, and more choices in public education.

When we released our 2018 Legislative SuccessCard, we had in mind that it would be an easy and honest tool to use to take a look at whether your elected official supported Tennessee’s students. We hope you take a look around the 2018 and 2017 versions as you prepare for the next election.

Of course, to participate in the process, you must be registered. Tomorrow’s the last day you can register. Click here for the link to online registration or an address to your local polling place. If you have a few moments, drop a note to your friends and family (or share our Facebook post or Tweet with your feeds) encouraging them to register to vote.

Let’s keep raising our voices and votes for Tennessee’s kids!

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.