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Legislative Update – Week of April 17, 2017

Three Things Monday. (Sounds like a good idea for a new hashtag!) We’ll be quick this week with three highlights from our work to protect and advance student success in Tennessee.

1) In classrooms across the state, the window for TNReady is open! From today to May 7th, during specific school district testing times, Tennessee’s 3rd – 8th graders will pick up their pencils and papers to show us what they’ve mastered all year. Many of our high school students will be testing, too.

We’re sharing tips for teachers, parents, and students on our social feeds. We hope you’ll share these with those in the TNReady window in your life. Feel free to drop us a note for more details regarding specific testing times for your district. 

2) In case you missed it last week, House Bill 308 passed both chambers and is on the way to the Governor’s desk to become law. HB 308 is a great step toward strengthening accountability by requiring performance goals for schools and districts, allowing for student achievement and student growth to factor into the criteria for the priority list, clarifying the process for district-led interventions, and setting the time a school can stay in the Achievement School District.

We look forward to seeing how HB 308, and other bills, helps every student in Tennessee have a greater opportunity to succeed. 

3) House Bill 310 will be heard in the House this week. We’re in support of HB 310 because we believe it will help to ensure high quality schools for every Tennessee student. It also makes certain local school districts are reimbursed for the administrative costs they incur while authorizing and managing charter schools within their districts. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for information as it happens.

You are always welcome to join us at the General Assembly! Email us ( if you’d like to be a part of the action this week and we’ll make it happen. 

One last thing (so Four Things Monday!). We’re gearing up for another great summer of Tristar Reads! There are some big changes to Tristar Reads this year and we can’t wait to tell you about them. Stay tuned!

Weekly Update – Week of June 3, 2016

We are big believers that books and summer go hand-in-hand, so we’re excited to share with you the summer reading initiative we launched this week. Also supporting the goals of Read to be Ready as well as your county, school, and hopefully family summer reading plans, TristarReads is designed to fit into your summer months and reward the readers in your life.

More than a website, TristarReads is a way for your young readers (through 12th grade) to log the time they spend reading this summer. They can read by the pool. They can read in your garden. They can, if they’re able, read on the way to your summer vacations! No matter where they are reading, we hope you visit TristarReads and help them log their reading hours.

We’ll be giving a $500 scholarship to the reader in each Grand Division who logs the most hours. Along the way this summer, we’ll also be giving away books and other prizes to selected readers who log in each week.

Not just a program for young readers, TristarReads is also a way to get Tennessee’s adult readers volunteering. We encourage you to read to your church children’s groups, at your library, in your community centers, and at your family reunions. There’s never a bad time to read! Each week, we’d like you to log the hours you spent reading to children’s groups at TristarReads.Com. At the end of the summer, we’ll make a $1,000 donation to a public library in the name of the adult who logs the most volunteer hours.

TristarReads is a family reading incentive and we hope you’ll make TristarReads.Com a weekly part of your summer.

Head to TristarReads.Com to log your hours!

In case you missed last week’s Inside Politics with our president Adam Lister, we wanted to share a link to the show. We hope you enjoy it and consider sharing it with your networks.