July 13, 2020
Consistent with earlier TSS polling, Tennessee voters believe improving education should be a top priority for the Governor and the State Legislature – even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Tennesseans overwhelmingly want to see more rigorous academic standards in public schools and support assessments to gauge whether students are on track in their learning. Four in five voters believe it is important to hold schools and teachers accountable for the quality of their children’s education.
Read the full press release here.
View the full results of the survey here.
The following updates are from Governor Bill Lee’s press conference last Wednesday:
TSS will be releasing the TNSuccessCard on July 20th and you don’t want to miss it! Stay in-the-know by putting your name down and being one of the first to receive it in your inbox.
The SuccessCard is updated at the end of each legislative session and serves as a tool to hold Tennessee’s elected officials accountable for their role student success. On July 20, find out what grade your legislator earned and share it on social media. Get on the list here.
Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are featuring our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are associated with those priorities to help inform the grades each legislator has earned.
Thus far we’ve highlighted higher standards, aligned assessment, accountability, and innovation. Check out our pillars and the bills associated with those policy areas from the 2019-2020 legislative session on our website here.
Every day, TSS works to improve, through policy and politics, public education. Our mission is to build political power and influence to ensure the development and implementation of policies that support educational opportunity is for ALL Tennesseans. Read more about our response from President & CEO Adam Lister here.
This week we are featuring Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA) as we speak with their Executive Director, Diarese George. TECA focuses on leadership, mentorship, and fellowship as they aim to promote equitable outcomes and excellence in education in Tennessee. As stated from their website, TECA believes “educators of color need a shared, elevated voice and a stronger presence to help craft these types of strong accountability systems that we know ultimately lead to improved outcomes for students of diverse backgrounds.”
Read our full interview with Diarese George here.
Do you have an interest in learning more about education reform in Tennessee and talking with like-minded folks on how to advance the policies that influence Tennessee’s one million students?
Join Tennesseans for Student Success in our education policy discussion group to help advise us on policies that influence Tennessee’s one million students. Sign up for our Education Policy Discussion Group and participate in the conversation to help create positive change. Sign up here for more information.