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Thank You, Governor Haslam

Over the past eight years, Tennessee has celebrated historic gains in public education.

ACT scores and on-time graduation rates are on the rise, more students are taking advantage of early postsecondary opportunities, Tennessee has twice been named the fastest improving state in the nation in education, and the right people, policies, and priorities are in place to make sure every student in Tennessee is ready for success in classrooms, in careers, and in life.

While there is still great work to be done, there is much to celebrate.

As Tennessee gathers this weekend to inaugurate her 50th Governor, we wanted to take a moment to offer our thanks to her 49th. We are grateful for Governor Haslam’s strong work in education for every Tennessee classroom, student, teacher, parent, administrator, and future. Will you join us in thanking Governor Haslam for his service and commitment to public education?

Weekly Update, January 7, 2019

Welcome to 2019! We hope your year is off to the right start and your Christmas season was full of good memories. If you’re looking for ways to make sure this year is the best one yet, make sure you’re following our Facebook page. We’re sharing a tip a day for success in the new year. Follow along with #31for365 and share your tips for winning the year.

Tomorrow we’ll be welcoming the 111th General Assembly. They’ll gavel in at noon, and we’ll be sure to share pictures on our social media feeds. With a new General Assembly comes new committees, new leadership, and new members. We look forward to sharing the good work happening in Tennessee’s classrooms with them all.

If you’re new to our legislative work, we wanted to take a minute and fill you in. Each week we’ll send out an email highlighting information you need, legislation that’s up for debate, or a vote that’s taking place in committee. From time to time, we’ll ask you to reach out to your elected officials and raise your voice for Tennessee’s kids.

Each session we host a Legislative Day on the Hill and invite you to come and join us for a day of speakers, committee hearings, and meetings. Mark your calendars for February 26th and make plans to join us!

We’re certain the first session of the 111th General Assembly will be a great opportunity to continue the work for every Tennessee student. We hope you’ll be a part of the efforts for continued high academic standards, fewer, but better tests, more innovation in education, and accountability for everyone in our classrooms.

We invite you to stop by our advocacy center and send a short note to your elected officials encouraging them to support Tennessee’s students. Thanks for being a part of this work with us. 

Weekly Email, December 10th, 2018

Every few weeks, we send around a few things you might have missed in the hustle and bustle of this season. A news story, a few photos from social media, and an article or two below to read at your leisure. Thanks for being an up-to-date champion of Tennessee’s kids!

-We awarded Tristar Reads scholarship to Collinwood Elementary School 4th grader Kyra Warrington. She read over 300 hours this summer, and we were thrilled to award her a $1,000 college scholarship. Click over to our Facebook page to see pictures from the event.

-Tennessee released an updated, redesigned report card to show progress and areas for improvement in every Tennessee school. Take a look around the new site and let us know what you think.

– A new round of Read to be Ready summer reading program grants were announced last week. We are grateful for the statewide focus on summer literacy and look forward to continuing to work with our partners to make sure every student in Tennessee is a lifelong reader and learner.

More to come. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for more to see, read, and learn.