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Weekly Update – August 13, 2018

One statewide election down, one to go.

Whether you voted, ran for office, held yard signs, or signed up new voters, we appreciate you getting involved in the work of our state. As you know, Tennesseans for Student Success spends time across the state encouraging participation in the election process on behalf of Tennessee’s classrooms.

This summer was no different. We were pleased to work throughout communities in West, Middle, and East Tennessee talking about Tennessee’s kids, and what keeps our students learning, growing, and achieving. We wanted to share with you our announcement after the August primary and look forward to continuing the conversation through November:

 “Our work comes 360* around public education,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Whether we’re in the General Assembly lobbying for laws that will encourage student success, in communities hearing from all those involved in the work of our classrooms, or engaging with voters on the issues that support or prohibit student achievement, all that we do is tied to increasing the opportunity for success for every student in Tennessee.”

Lister continued: “We have made it a priority over the last 15 months to be on the ground hearing from Tennessee’s voters. In every community, we’ve heard that quality public education, high academic standards, an aligned assessment, and more choices in public education are top issues for Tennessee’s voters, regardless of party affiliation, when they head to the polls. We congratulate all those who will be on the November ballot and look forward to continuing conversations with them on Tennesseans’ top priority – education.”

Tennesseans for Student Success especially congratulates Johnny Garrett, Mark Cochran, Representative Jerome Moon, Charlie Baum, Representative Clark Boyd, Representative Dawn White, Rick Eldridge, Dave Wright, Rush Bricken, Mark Hall, London Lamar, Representative Mark White, Representative Raumesh Akbari, and Representative John DeBerry on their victories and thanks them for their ongoing support of public education.

With November in our sights and the 111th General Assembly ahead, it is more important than ever to have leaders in the state House and Senate who understand the value a high-quality test provides to improve instruction, accurately measure student achievement and growth, and better prepare students to be leaders in the future.

Need more information on how current elected officials voted for Tennessee’s kids? Don’t forget about our TNSuccessCard Legislative Scorecard! It’s a useful tool for helping engage friends, neighbors, and social media feeds in the ongoing work of student success.

Tennesseans for Student Success Celebrates Election Day Victories, Pushes Lawmakers to Prioritize Students

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August 6, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
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Tennesseans for Student Success Celebrates Election Day Victories
Pushes Lawmakers to Prioritize Students

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success, after an intense issue campaign behalf of Tennessee’s students, issued the following statement today regarding last week’s Election day victories:

“Our work supporting public education is total and comprehensive,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Whether we’re in the General Assembly advocating for policies that will drive student success, in communities hearing from all those involved in the work of our classrooms, or engaging with voters on the issues that support student achievement, all that we do is tied to maximizing the opportunity for success for every student in Tennessee.”

Lister continued: “We have made it a priority over the last 15 months to be on the ground talking with and hearing from Tennessee’s voters. In every community, we’ve heard that quality public education, high academic standards, an aligned assessment, and more choices in public education are top issues for Tennessee’s voters, regardless of party affiliation, when they head to the polls. We congratulate all those who will be on the November ballot and look forward to continuing conversations with them on Tennesseans’ top priority – education.”

Tennesseans for Student Success especially congratulates Johnny Garrett, Mark Cochran, Representative Jerome Moon, Charlie Baum, Representative Clark Boyd, Representative Dawn White, Rick Eldridge, Dave Wright, Rush Bricken, Mark Hall, London Lamar, Representative Mark White, Representative Raumesh Akbari, and Representative John DeBerry on their victories and thanks them for their ongoing support of public education.

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Weekly Update – July 30, 2018

In no particular order, we wanted to bring you three things this week we’re sure you will enjoy.

-It’s almost Election Day for the August Primaries. Tennessee is last in voter participation, and that’s a trend to turn around. Here’s a link to find your local polling place. The last day to vote early was Saturday, so if you need to vote, you’ll cast your ballot on Election Day. Looking for information on whether your elected official voted to support student success? Here’s our 2017 and 2018 TNSuccessCard Scorecard. We hope it’s a useful tool as you raise your voice for Tennessee’s students.

-The 2017-18 TNReady results were recently announced. We wanted to share with you our response to those results:

“Through bills, legislation, amendments, and statutes, the framework for student success is in place in Tennessee. It’s clear that high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more choices in public education, and accountability for student success have been a driver for student growth and achievement.

“By closing the achievement gap, strengthening literacy, and seeing growth in historically underserved groups, this week’s TNReady results prove that the progress is on the move.

“There is still work to be done to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed and reach the goals, achievements set out for their success. It’s time for everyone involved in the classroom – from local school districts to administrators, elected officials to educations – to continue to implement, with fidelity, the student-centered reforms responsible for Tennessee’s growth.”

-There’s still a month left in our summer reading and scholarship program. Tristar Reads is up and running, and still taking participants! Any Tennessee student heading into or coming out of Kindergarten-12th grade is eligible to participate. Head to TristarReads.com for more information, to sign up, to log your reader’s hours, or see how we award our three $1,000 college scholarships!

Thanks for all you do for Tennessee’s students, teachers, and classrooms. We’re grateful to be in this work with you.