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.