ICYMI from the Tennessean: Scorecard lets voters see which legislators prioritize education

TSS recently released its third annual 2019 TNSuccessCard, a tool to keep Tennessee voters informed and engaged at the ballot box.

Check out this op-ed featured in The Tennessean from TSS President and CEO Adam Lister, on the importance of ensuring elected officials are prioritizing education and voting for policies that support student success. 

Read the full op-ed from the Tennessean here


Gov. Lee Announces New Public Charter School Commission

Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO, Adam Lister, released the following statement after Governor Lee’s appointments to the state’s new public charter school commission:

“Every student in the state of Tennessee, regardless of their zip code, deserves the highest level of quality and equal access to an outstanding public education. Tennessee continues to lead the way in innovative solutions to improve public education through the establishment of the new statewide public charter school commission. By establishing a non-political commission filled with accomplished experts in leading and growing charter schools as well as managing rigorous authorization programs and nonprofit governance; Tennessee took a dramatic step forward in improving its charter school policy. It is important the Volunteer State continues to establish new paths for students to have a seat in a high-quality public school, and this commission will implement even greater opportunities for families and students that need them the most.”

Read the statement online here.


Congrats to the 2019-2020 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Brian McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin was awarded this honor last week at the Tennessee Department of Education Annual Teacher of the Year Gala. He hails from Hamblen County and is an algebra teacher at Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He has been teaching for 11 years and according to TDOE “McLaughlin has been recognized as a Level 5 teacher every year of his career. Level 5 is a designation given to teachers when their students make significantly more progress than the growth standard.” Read more from the TDOE press release here


How is the State Preparing High School Students for Post-Secondary?

Last week, SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, released a report addressing how Tennessee high schools are preparing students for post-secondary education after high school.

SCORE reported that four out of ten students in Tennessee are entering into college classrooms unprepared for college-level work. 

Through a listening tour around the state and beyond, collaborating with key leaders and educators, and recognizing that high school education isn’t one-size-fits-all; SCORE was able to gather and analyze data so students are prepared for post-secondary education and all that it entails


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