TN Legislative Corner
This week was a busy one at the Capitol, with many bills being brought up in the House and Senate Education committees.
In particular, the Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Lee partnered to introduce a key bill that will help meet an urgent need to tackle the literacy crisis in our state. According to the TDOE in 2018, only 32.8 percent of students across grade levels met expectations in English Language Arts (ELA). That’s why it’s imperative that we address this issue head-on with comprehensive legislation that provides students with the necessary instruction and high-quality material to improve student success.
HB 2229/SB 2160 is a key piece of legislation that will help bridge the gap in students learning of reading. It is currently in CTI Subcommittee. Please send an email to your legislators urging them to support this bill and Governor Lee’s historic investment in early literacy!
Track progress on other education bills last week here.
For a complete list of education legislation filed by the 111th 2019-2020 General Assembly, click here.
#TSSPriorities on Innovation in Education
Every student in Tennessee, no matter their zip code, deserves to learn in a top-notch Tennessee public school that meets their individual needs and prepares them for their future.
When educators and leaders are free to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of their students and their region of the state, the results can be extraordinary. We should welcome innovation in Tennessee public schools, especially when it helps students.
Watch Ms. Brittany Middlebrooks, an assistant principal from KIPP Academy Nashville, as she shares with us the innovative and student-centered approach their school takes within their math curriculum.
#CTEMonth with Dan Caldwell
It’s critical that communities work together to assist students who are pursuing a degree or certificate, step into the career or job that will help them thrive.
Career and technical education is important because it allows students to pursue an area of expertise that may not be found in a conventional general education classroom.
While exploring the incredible partnerships our state has to offer, TSS came across a remarkable collaboration between Nissan Group of North America and TCAT Smyrna.
Read our blog and watch Dan Caldwell, Senior Manager of Learning Pathways at Nissan, as he talks about one of the numerous ways their organization partners with the community to create additional possibilities for teachers and students.
Calendar of Events
March 2nd – Read Across America Day
March 3rd – 10:30AM: House Higher Education Subcommittee
In Case You Missed It…
- Chalkbeat: Don’t rush Tennessee’s literacy plan, educator groups urge governor
- Times Free Press: Class Notes: Center for Creative Arts named National Magnet School of Excellence, and more education news
- WBBJ: Education commissioner visits West Carroll Special School District
- The Jackson Sun: Jackson City Council approves the partnership for a new Madison Academic and JCM
- The Tennessean: MNPS, Nashville State announce partnership in hopes of improving outcomes for the city’s students
- News Channel 5: $50,000 grant will fund 13,000 books for Tennessee students
- Chalkbeat: Proposed grading scale would give more Tennessee students access to scholarships