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2019 State Legislative Priorities

High Expectations for All Students
Protect rigorous K-12 academic standards that create high expectations for students and better prepare them for success in college, the workforce, or in the military.

Support investments into the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) program to ensure all students are on track for success.

Measuring What Matters
Support the implementation of an assessment aligned to the state’s K-12 academic standards to accurately measure student achievement.

Strong Accountability for the Classroom

Support an accountability system that incorporates student achievement and academic growth to improve instruction in the classroom.

Support efforts to ensure talented new educators and school leaders are recruited, trained, and supported throughout the state.

Support transparency and accountability by expanding the state’s A-F accountability framework to include summative ratings.

Support the current system for selecting members of the boards of education and local school superintendents.

Support strategies to increase access to effective teachers for all students.

Support investments into teacher preparation programs to ensure talented new educators are recruited, trained and supported throughout the state.  

Innovation in Education
Support strategies to turn-around and improve underperforming schools that have a demonstrated track record for improving student growth measures.

Support equitable access to resources for high quality charter schools.

Support strict accountability for charter schools by automatically revoking the charters of schools placed on the state’s priority school list and that have not demonstrated growth within a three-year period.

Support alternative charter school authorizers to promote innovation and increase the number of high-quality seats across Tennessee.

Securing Economic Freedom for All Tennesseans

Support career and technical education and early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) that prepare all students to thrive after high school and increase college credit-earning opportunities for high school students and help Tennessee meet its college complete goals.

Support strategies to increase the number of work-based learning programs throughout the state to connect high school students with both credit-earning opportunities and real-work experiences.

Support comprehensive K12 to postsecondary to industry pathways to provide students with opportunities aligned with workforce needs while increasing postsecondary degree and credential completion rates.

Support investments in higher education that increase college completion and improve affordability for students.

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