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Weekly Update – June 19, 2018

When we announced our inaugural TNSuccessCard Scorecard last year, our hope was it would become an easy-to-use, open, and honest tool. We wanted you to be able to quickly, and with confidence in the information, take a look at how your elected officials voted to support and accelerate Tennessee’s continued academic gains.

After the 110th General Assembly adjourned this year, we got to work on our second installment of the TNSuccessCard Scorecard. Released today, we wanted you to be one of the first to see the votes, bills, amendments, and scores for your elected officials during the 2018 legislative year.

Here’s the video from today’s release.

As we look ahead, the 111th General Assembly will have big shoes to fill as they continue the work for student success. They will have to keep up the pressure to maintain Tennessee’s high academic standards, support an assessment aligned to those standards, encourage more choices in public education, and work to make sure everyone involved in the classroom is accountable for success. We know the TNSuccessCard Scorecard will be useful for you as you head to the polls to choose our state’s next leaders.

Take a look around the 2018 TNSuccessCard Scorecard and know we are grateful to be in this work with you. Tennessee deserves elected officials who will continue the growth in education so every student in Tennessee will have an opportunity to succeed.

Tennesseans for Student Success Releases Legislative Scorecard

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success today released their yearly TNSuccessCard Scorecard and launched statewide efforts to engage with all Tennesseans on education reform issues.

“Every year, our elected officials meet in Nashville to debate, create, and ultimately pass legislation affecting Tennessee’s students,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “We launched the TNSuccessCard to clearly and concisely inform voters of the work done in the Tennessee General Assembly to support the four policy priorities driving student success: high academic standards, an aligned assessment, more choices in public education, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom.

Lister continued: “As we talk to Tennesseans across the state, over and over again they tell us education is their top priority. Over the past 14 months, we’ve conducted a large-scale outreach effort and spoken with over 140,000 Tennesseans. Among likely voters, 25% also believe improving public education is a top priority when casting a ballot, while 100% of those we spoke with rank “improving public education” as one of their top three issues this year. As constituents seek out information related to their elected officials, the TNSuccessCard Scorecard will continue to be an easy-to-navigate, helpful tool for informing decisions at the ballot box.

 “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 national rankings, the people we send to Nashville must send a clear signal that education is their top priority. By evaluating their work in an open and honest manner, we know the TNSuccessCard will give their constituents a quick look at their dedication to student success.”

“Along with the TNSuccessCard, Tennesseans for Student Success will launch another air, data, and ground strategy over the next six months to ensure the 111th General Assembly is poised to continue the critical work to make certain every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed. Committing $1M to the work, we are dedicated to engaging with Tennessee’s voters on the issue that matters most to our future.”

For more information about the TNSuccessCard Scorecard, please visit www.tnsuccesscard.com.

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Tristar Reads

Did you miss it?

Our summer reading program is in full swing and we’re excited to share it with you. In its third year, Tristar Reads encourages every K-12 grader in Tennessee to find their adventure in a book this summer. It’s easy and free to sign up at www.tristarreads.com.

Here are the details:
-Sign up at TristarReads.com and your K-12 reader will be good to go.
-Any minutes/hours/days they’ve read from May 1st – September 7th can be logged on the Tristar Reads website.
-Your reader can log their reading time once this summer, once a week, once a day.
-At the end of the summer, we’ll award three $1,000 college scholarships to each of the top readers in K-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

Please share with your Sunday school class, baseball team, reading time at your library, or neighborhood cookout. We know we can help the dreaded summer literacy slide by encouraging students to read at least 20 minutes a day this summer. Keeping students’ reading skills sharp and finding their adventure in a book is a perfect combination this summer.

Thanks for joining us and sharing Tristar Reads with all the K-12 readers in your world!