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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.

Happy Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, we’re especially thankful for…
10. The Tennesseans for Student Success family grew this year to welcome Operations Manager, Brooke Gray.
9. Our second full summer for Tristar Reads was a smashing success. Participation in the program more than quadrupled, and our students read over 140,000 minutes this summer. We were thrilled to award three $1,000 college scholarships to our top readers. And we got to meet a binturong.
8. As our Legislative Scorecard shows, the second first session of the 110th General Assembly continued to support the policies and priorities that support student success.
7. We celebrated these reward schools who support, promote, and encourage student success every day.
6. 79% of our students have mastered, are on track, or are approaching where they need to be in English Language Arts. In math, 74%.
5. Our Facebook feeds are full of these great pictures of kindergarteners hiding turkeys.
4.  With Tennessee-specific academic standards, and an assessment fully aligned to those standards, Tennessee’s parents, educators, students now have an accurate look at where we are and how we can get to where we need to be.
3. There’s a strong accountability system in place to make sure everyone – you, me, elected officials, teachers, community leaders, administrators, parents, students – everyone involved in the classroom is accountable for student success.
2. Tennessee’s public schools aren’t one-size-fits-all. When there are more choices in public education, more students succeed.
1. You. We’ve said it over and over again; we couldn’t do this work without you.
Whether you’ve called a legislator, joined us to advocate in the General Assembly, invited an educator to share their teacher voice, promoted our social media feeds, or became a Tristar Reader, you’ve helped create an opportunity for every student in Tennessee to obtain success.
From the Tennesseans for Student Success family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!