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Weekly Update – July 16, 2018

“There is no more important issue than public education.”

That truth directs all our work at Tennesseans for Student Success. It’s the why for our what. It’s the reason we’re engaging in efforts to remind voters about the people, policies, and priorities that drive student success.

It’s also a key part of our President and CEO Adam Lister’s recent op-ed in The Tennessean. We wanted to share it in full here and hope you share it with your networks:

Every two years, we gather at our polling locations and choose the men and women who will lead our state, craft our budgets, and chart a course for our future. It is important work we do to choose those leaders, and all of it hinges on a citizenry that not only is informed on the issues but knows where those seeking to represent them stand on those issues.

There is no more important issue than public education.

For the second year, Tennesseans for Student Success has released a Legislative TNSuccessCard Scorecard. Giving to you the information you need in a clear and transparent way, the TNSuccessCard is a helpful and concise tool for understanding how and where our legislature supports one of the single greatest issues of our time.

By supporting and implementing four main policy priorities (high academic standards, an aligned assessment, more choices in public education, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom), the Tennessee General Assembly has, thankfully, signaled to all of us that we will carry out the important work necessary for ongoing student success. The work of the past few years has resulted in numerous accolade for our students, teachers, and districts.

When it comes to improving public education, we’re a state on the rise and a model for the nation.

This success is something you champion as well. Over the past 14 months, we’ve conducted a large-scale outreach effort and spoken with over 140,000 Tennesseans. Among likely voters, 25% believe improving public education is a top priority, while everyone we spoke with ranks “improving public education” as one of their top three issues this year. That’s why we created the TNSuccessCard and know it will be a helpful tool for making an informed, engaged electoral choice.

Our classrooms deserve elected officials who advocate for student success. Whether by sponsoring legislation, pushing back against harmful amendments, or by serving as a strong, consistent voice for the policies that have led to Tennessee’s rise in nationwide rankings, the people we send to Nashville must send a clear signal that improving public education for all Tennessee students is their top priority. There will be many conversations and choices to bring us winning candidates in November. We are confident that when evaluating the work of our elected officials openly and honestly, and placing a priority on the issue that matters most in our great state, Tennessee’s students will be the ultimate winners.

As you head to the polls in the next few weeks (click here for voting locations), know how thankful we are for the work you do for Tennessee’s future.

Voters Can Help Further Education Success

Every two years, we gather at our polling locations and choose the men and women who will lead our state, craft our budgets, and chart a course for our future. It is important work we do to choose those leaders, and all of it hinges on a citizenry that not only is informed on the issues but knows where those seeking to represent them stand on those issues.

There is no more important issue than public education.

For the second year, Tennesseans for Student Success has released a Legislative TNSuccessCard Scorecard. Giving to you the information you need in a clear and transparent way, the TNSuccessCard is a helpful and concise tool for understanding how and where our legislature supports one of the single greatest issues of our time.

By supporting and implementing four main policy priorities (high academic standards, an aligned assessment, more choices in public education, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom), the Tennessee General Assembly has, thankfully, signaled to all of us that we will carry out the important work necessary for ongoing student success. The work of the past few years has resulted in numerous accolade for our students, teachers, and districts.

When it comes to improving public education, we’re a state on the rise and a model for the nation.

This success is something you champion as well. Over the past 14 months, we’ve conducted a large-scale outreach effort and spoken with over 140,000 Tennesseans. Among likely voters, 25% believe improving public education is a top priority, while everyone we spoke with ranks “improving public education” as one of their top three issues this year. That’s why we created the TNSuccessCard and know it will be a helpful tool for making an informed, engaged electoral choice.

Our classrooms deserve elected officials who advocate for student success. Whether by sponsoring legislation, pushing back against harmful amendments, or by serving as a strong, consistent voice for the policies that have led to Tennessee’s rise in nationwide rankings, the people we send to Nashville must send a clear signal that improving public education for all Tennessee students is their top priority. There will be many conversations and choices to bring us winning candidates in November. We are confident that when evaluating the work of our elected officials openly and honestly, and placing a priority on the issue that matters most in our great state, Tennessee’s students will be the ultimate winners.

This article first appeared in The Tennessean on July 10th, 2018.
By Adam Lister 

Weekly Update – July 2, 2018

We’re sure you are registered to vote but are your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors?

As the 111th General Assembly begins to take shape and the list of men and women running for Tennessee’s next Governor is shortened, it’s critical that voters for student success raise their voices and hands during this election season.

There’s more at stake than wins and losses on election day. Tennessee’s leaders will have an opportunity to continue and strengthen the work done over the last few years to support high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, and more choices in public education.

When we released our 2018 Legislative SuccessCard, we had in mind that it would be an easy and honest tool to use to take a look at whether your elected official supported Tennessee’s students. We hope you take a look around the 2018 and 2017 versions as you prepare for the next election.

Of course, to participate in the process, you must be registered. Tomorrow’s the last day you can register. Click here for the link to online registration or an address to your local polling place. If you have a few moments, drop a note to your friends and family (or share our Facebook post or Tweet with your feeds) encouraging them to register to vote.

Let’s keep raising our voices and votes for Tennessee’s kids!