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Tennesseans for Student Success Celebrates Election Day Victories, Pushes Lawmakers to Prioritize Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 6, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
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Tennesseans for Student Success Celebrates Election Day Victories
Pushes Lawmakers to Prioritize Students

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success, after an intense issue campaign behalf of Tennessee’s students, issued the following statement today regarding last week’s Election day victories:

“Our work supporting public education is total and comprehensive,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Whether we’re in the General Assembly advocating for policies that will drive student success, in communities hearing from all those involved in the work of our classrooms, or engaging with voters on the issues that support student achievement, all that we do is tied to maximizing the opportunity for success for every student in Tennessee.”

Lister continued: “We have made it a priority over the last 15 months to be on the ground talking with and hearing from Tennessee’s voters. In every community, we’ve heard that quality public education, high academic standards, an aligned assessment, and more choices in public education are top issues for Tennessee’s voters, regardless of party affiliation, when they head to the polls. We congratulate all those who will be on the November ballot and look forward to continuing conversations with them on Tennesseans’ top priority – education.”

Tennesseans for Student Success especially congratulates Johnny Garrett, Mark Cochran, Representative Jerome Moon, Charlie Baum, Representative Clark Boyd, Representative Dawn White, Rick Eldridge, Dave Wright, Rush Bricken, Mark Hall, London Lamar, Representative Mark White, Representative Raumesh Akbari, and Representative John DeBerry on their victories and thanks them for their ongoing support of public education.

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Voters Can Help Further Education Success

Every two years, we gather at our polling locations and choose the men and women who will lead our state, craft our budgets, and chart a course for our future. It is important work we do to choose those leaders, and all of it hinges on a citizenry that not only is informed on the issues but knows where those seeking to represent them stand on those issues.

There is no more important issue than public education.

For the second year, Tennesseans for Student Success has released a Legislative TNSuccessCard Scorecard. Giving to you the information you need in a clear and transparent way, the TNSuccessCard is a helpful and concise tool for understanding how and where our legislature supports one of the single greatest issues of our time.

By supporting and implementing four main policy priorities (high academic standards, an aligned assessment, more choices in public education, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom), the Tennessee General Assembly has, thankfully, signaled to all of us that we will carry out the important work necessary for ongoing student success. The work of the past few years has resulted in numerous accolade for our students, teachers, and districts.

When it comes to improving public education, we’re a state on the rise and a model for the nation.

This success is something you champion as well. Over the past 14 months, we’ve conducted a large-scale outreach effort and spoken with over 140,000 Tennesseans. Among likely voters, 25% believe improving public education is a top priority, while everyone we spoke with ranks “improving public education” as one of their top three issues this year. That’s why we created the TNSuccessCard and know it will be a helpful tool for making an informed, engaged electoral choice.

Our classrooms deserve elected officials who advocate for student success. Whether by sponsoring legislation, pushing back against harmful amendments, or by serving as a strong, consistent voice for the policies that have led to Tennessee’s rise in nationwide rankings, the people we send to Nashville must send a clear signal that improving public education for all Tennessee students is their top priority. There will be many conversations and choices to bring us winning candidates in November. We are confident that when evaluating the work of our elected officials openly and honestly, and placing a priority on the issue that matters most in our great state, Tennessee’s students will be the ultimate winners.

This article first appeared in The Tennessean on July 10th, 2018.
By Adam Lister