Latest From the Legislature

Legislative Update: Governor Lee’s First State of the State Address

#ThrowbackThursday

Just a few days ago, Governor Bill Lee gave his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly. In a speech that lasted only about an hour, Governor Lee laid out a bold agenda, building on the bipartisan legacy of Governors Bredesen and Haslam, to drive positive generational change for Tennessee’s kids. 

Governor Lee, in making education his top policy and budgetary priority, announced increases in career readiness programs through the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE Act) which will expand dual-credit and work-based learning opportunities for high school students. He also called for additional investment in STEM courses statewide as a strategy to prepare high school graduates for postsecondary or their career. 

The Governor, recognizing the value a high-quality teacher has on student learning, has called for an investment of $71 million dollars to increase teacher salaries. 

Finally, Governor Lee doubled down on innovation in education by proposing a 100% increase in facilities funding for public charter schools and recommending strategies that make it easier to expand the number of high-quality seats across the state while also holding accountable schools that are not preparing our students for their futures. 

If you missed the Governor’s speech, you can view it here online. 
 
Use Your Voice

Don’t forget to visit our advocacy center to learn more about the issues we support and engage with the policy issue that matter to you!

Press Releases

Students Encouraged to Open up a New Chapter in...

Mon

May

13

NASHVILLE — Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) is excited to once again launch its  annual Tristar Reads contest to encourage children to read during their summer break Each summer, TSS... more
learn more

Press Releases

Tennessee House Applauded for Putting Vacant Bu...

Thu

Apr

18

NASHVILLE — Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) released the following statement to support today’s vote by the State House approving legislation that will ensure public charter... more
learn more

Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Launches Indepe...

Mon

Mar

25

NASHVILLE — Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) is excited to announce the launch of this year’s Quality Charter Review TSS created the review last year to provide a first-of-its-kind... more
learn more