February 10, 2020
Last week was a busy week in Tennessee and it began with Governor Lee giving the State of the State Address at the Capitol. Keep reading to find more information on what he prioritized.
Both the House and Senate Education Committees continued the critical work of confirming appointments to key boards including the newly established Public Charter School Commission.
The House Curriculum, Testing, & Innovation Subcommittee (CTI) recommended HB 1679, which creates a pathway for the department of education to notify school counselors and admissions officers of the many approved course substitutions available to students as it supports their postsecondary plans. This bill was recommended by CTI with unanimous support and will be heard in the full House Education Committee this week.
HB 1687, which eliminates academic standards for science and social studies in kindergarten through grade two, is scheduled for a hearing in CTI this week. These standards have recently been reviewed and approved by the State Board of Education. High academic standards are an essential component of student success, and we will be monitoring and engaging in this concerning conversation. For additional information on the Tennessee K-12 standards, click here. Additionally, please take a moment to email your legislator today about why high academic standards matter to you.
Further, last week marked the bill filing deadlines for the 111th General Assembly.
The Tennessee General Assembly has introduced numerous bills within the education space this session. Catch up on bills filed last week here. For a complete list of education legislation filed by the 111th 2019-2020 General Assembly, click here.
Our #TSSDayontheHill2020 is TOMORROW! We are thrilled to bring educators, advocates, and students from around the state to visit the Tennessee State Capitol to talk with Tennessee lawmakers about the great things happening in our schools and how we can work together to ensure every student has an opportunity to a great public education.
Last Monday, Governor Bill Lee gave the 2020 State of the State Address to the joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Here’s what our President and CEO, Adam Lister, had to say about it:
“… Tennessee’s kids have a bright future ahead thanks to the governor’s vision and focus on early literacy, improving teacher pay, training, and professional support, and ensuring students are prepared for college and career. Governor Lee reaffirmed his commitment to public education by setting a goal to make ‘Tennessee the best state in America to be a student.’”
During his speech, Governor Lee committed:
Click here to view our full statement.
February is Career and Technical Education month. CTE is diversified between high schools, area career centers, career academies, community and technical colleges, as well as four-year universities. Through these avenues of education, students choose a career option through 16 different career clusters with 79+ pathways. These programs are critical in Tennessee because they allow high school students to pursue industry certificates and education that a typical college education doesn’t offer, which will, in turn, assist in closing the skills gap.
Last week, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released a new report entitled, Expanding Student Success: 2020 State of Education in Tennessee.
At an event with opening remarks from Senator Bill Frist in Nashville, SCORE shared their expanded priorities for improving student outcomes in Tennessee.
February 10th – 2:00PM: House Government Operations Committee
February 11th – 2020 TSS Day on the Hill
February 12th – 9:00AM: House Education Committee
February 13th – Governor Bill Lee’s State of West Tennessee Address