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Legislative Update – January 15, 2018

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

As we ponder the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr today, we’re grateful to answer that question resoundingly with: “working to make sure every child in Tennessee has an opportunity to learn, to achieve, to grow, and to find their success.”

We are grateful for all you do to help in this noble work.

The 110th General Assembly gaveled back into session last week, and our education committees are back up and running. Meet the House Education Administration and Planning Committee, the House Education Instruction and Programs Committee, and the Senate Education Committee. While we’ll always tweet out the times and video feeds of these Committee and Subcommittee hearings, know there’s a permanent invitation for you to join us in person.

We’ll be back next week with bills filed, ways you can help from home, and with information on our inaugural Tennesseans for Student Success Day on the Hill. We look forward to another session of doing this work for others with you. Thank you, again, for all you do.

Legislative Update – January 8, 2018


There’s something about a new year that brings out the goal-setting in all of us. We’re big believers in setting goals, making a plan, and celebrating success. We wanted to share with you a few goals of ours this year:

– Promote student success in the General Assembly. Last year was a good year for defending and advancing the policies that help support Tennessee’s classrooms. Take a look at our Legislative Scorecard for more info and to see how your representatives measured up.

– Encourage our fellow Tennessee citizens to support the people, policies, and priorities that lead to student success. With an election coming this year, we’re even more determined to make sure the next Governor, State Senators, and State Representatives are ready to support our classrooms.

– Help our friends, families, neighbors, coworkers, and teammates get involved in this life-changing work. Whether you’re sending an email once a month to an elected official or spending time with us this fall helping to spread the word about our priorities, there’s a place for you. We’d love to add your voice and help speak up for Tennessee’s kids.

We hope your new year brings about new goals. We’re cheering you on.

Weekly Update – December 11, 2017

It’s a mix. An equation. A balance of the right policies, priorities, and people in place to make certain every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed.

You might have seen this map on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. It’s from the Stanford Education Data Archive, and it shows the average achievement growth in school districts across the country. In no surprise, Tennessee is a bright spot of success. This map is another indicator that our classrooms are on the right track for success.

Because we are on the right track, there’s an even greater need to make sure we keep working for student success. Whether that’s continuing to push for student-centered reforms in the General Assembly, supporting current policies that lead to student success, informing Tennessee’s voters of the issues that could roll back Tennessee’s historic gains, or encouraging all those who have a place in our classrooms to support elected officials who champion success, we can’t let up now.

The Second Session of the 110th General Assembly is right around the corner. As we prepare for another legislative session, we would love to have you partner with us. You can follow us on social media, help spread the message of student success to your networks, or drop us a note to come to Nashville to visit your elected officials. We appreciate all you do for Tennessee’s students.

Stay tuned.