TN Legislative Corner

Last week, the members of the House Curriculum, Testing, & Innovation Subcommittee became students as they engaged in Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) instruction. Teachers from around the state took part in the hands-on approach to this style of teaching and led legislators in the visual, auditory, and tactile pathway to literacy. Legislators learned how to construct a paragraph and learned a new letter of the alphabet, among many other skills. Check out last week’s CTI Subcommittee hearing here.

The Senate and House Education Committees heard two presentations: an update on campus security and the Tennessee Servicemember Opportunity Portal (TN-SOP) by Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), and information on the Bass Military Scholars Program by Vanderbilt University.

The Tennessee General Assembly is hard at work this year and has introduced numerous bills within the education space. Catch up on bills filed last week here.

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National School Counseling Week

February 3-7, 2020 is National School Counseling Week. We want to celebrate the impact and unique contribution of school counselor’s in schools across the state. School counselors are instrumental in assisting students in preparing for college and career, as well as encouraging students in their studies for future success. 

We want to recognize school counselors this week and highlight counselors who have made an instrumental impact in your school community. Please take a moment to nominate a school counselor from your school and let us know why they deserve this recognition. We will choose a winner and celebrate that individual with a small gift. 


Why High Academic Expectations Matter

Tennessee’s students will soon be competing for spots in colleges, for jobs, for placements in technical fields, and for prestigious positions in our Nation’s Armed Forces with students from across the country. We believe academic standards that set clear goals for what students should learn are necessary to prepare students for success in a 21st-century economy. Our students are capable of incredible things and when provided with high quality, rigorous materials and standards, they become more engaged and prepared for the challenges and opportunities as they graduate and earn a post-secondary credential, degree, or enter the workforce.

High expectations matter. Take a moment to let YOUR legislator know why student-centered policies matter to you by sending an email today.


Calendar of Events

January 27-31st – National School Choice Week

January 28th – TSS Legislative Welcome Breakfast for members of the TN General Assembly and their staff

10:30AM: House Higher Education Subcommittee 

12:00PM: House Curriculum, Testing & Innovation Committee

4:30PM: House K-12 Subcommittee

January 29th – 2:30PM: Senate Education Committee

5:00PM: House Education Committee

February 3rd – Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State AddressFebruary 11th – 2020 TSS Day on the Hill


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