Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: October 5

A Letter From TSS President & CEO

As October is a significant month for Tennessee, I wanted to make you aware of a few things TSS will be recognizing. Most importantly, today is the deadline for Volunteers to register to vote for the election in November. Utilize our Civic Action Center as a helpful tool for those unsure if they are registered. Check it out here or get more information below. It’s imperative we use our voice to exercise our civic duty and advocate for the policies and principles that will promote student success. 

Additionally, this month we are celebrating National Principals Month and Higher Education Month. Recognizing the role that principals play in the success of our students, especially during this critical time, is key to improving the education of Tennessee children—now and in the future.

At TSS, we are adamant in our pursuit of ensuring students develop the necessary skills to become economically independent, which can be done by pursuing policies that strengthen pathways to a postsecondary credential while increasing retention and completion. Higher Education Month is crucial in recognizing all postsecondary options, from career and technical education to four-year programs, and to remember the importance of lifelong learning.

Tennessee COVID-19 Update

The following updates are from Governor Bill Lee’s press conference last Thursday:

  • Last week, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 63, which removes remaining restrictions on businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties (the 6 excluded counties are not governed by the state’s health department), provides a framework for safely resuming visitations in long-term care facilities, allows senior centers to reopen with restrictions and allows the continuation of take-out alcohol sales to encourage delivery and take-out orders, amongst various other provisions. A full summary of the Executive Order can be found in the press release issued by the Office of the Governor here.
  • The Governor indicated that he plans for Tennessee to remain under a State of Emergency as long as the Federal State of Emergency remains active.
  • In conjunction with the Department of Health Commissioner, Lisa Piercey, Governor Lee announced that Tennessee will receive over 2 million Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid tests, by the end of the year, from the federal government. The state expects to receive their first shipment of 133,000 tests next week, with weekly shipments continuing through the remainder of the year.
  • Commissioner Piercey indicated that schools and long-term care facilities will receive priority for the BinaxNOW rapid tests.

Celebrating National Principal’s Month

At TSS, we know that going back to school this year looks a little different for teachers, school leaders, and school staff. October is National Principal’s Month, and we greatly appreciate the work principals do for Tennessee students.

That said, we’d love to treat TN principals to a Starbucks coffee this month as a way of saying thank you. Just sign-up to receive our TSS Action Network Alerts, which provides you with up-to-date alerts via text on issues affecting Tennessee’s students. Click here to sign up today!

Once you do that, we will send over the code for your drink. This is first-come, first-serve. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Whitmill at

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in Tennessee

October 5th is the deadline for Tennesseans to register to vote, so today is the day to act if you haven’t already! Check out TSS’ Civic Action Center to find out if you’re registered to vote, see who your elected officials are, and also the candidates who are running to represent you.

Additionally, we annually provide voters with a clear way to understand how their elected officials vote to support Tennessee kids in our SuccessCard. If you are looking for guidance on who to vote for locally, this is a great place to start. At TSS, we believe education is the most important issue at the ballot box.

Make sure you register to vote by TODAY!

TDOE Releases 2019-20 State Report Card

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Education released the newly designed 2019-20 State Report Card, an annual online report that provides detailed data and performance information about each school and district in Tennessee.

This year included redesign updates and new tools to improve navigation. Because of early school closures this spring due to COVID-19, there are limited data and metrics available on this year’s report which is comprised of graduate rate and ready graduate data.

Click here to review this year’s report. 

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