TSS Blog

TSS’ New Website: How is our improved website making gains towards student success?

Tennesseans for Student Success is excited to announce the recent launch of our new and improved website at www.tnsucess.org. The goal with the new site is to provide a user-friendly experience for families, teachers, voters, and those engaged with our work that is notably more user-centric, navigationally intuitive, and modernized.

We’re excited to share with you the new features of our website in hopes that visitors will have a more positive online experience and find it easier to engage and support advocacy for improving educational opportunities for all Tennessee students.

Home Page

Navigate our beautiful new home page with various ways for advocates and visitors to find everything they need to learn about the work we do for Tennessee kids and understand the gains our state is making gains for student success through up-to-date Ready Graduate indicator statistics.

TSS Action Network

The improved site features our Action Network, which is a tool to keep Tennesseans engaged in policies that impact students and provides a way for you to raise your voice for student improvement. While Tennessee has made great strides in improving public education, but we must do more, faster, to ensure all students can be economically independent and fully participate in their communities.

Sign up for TSS Action Network Alerts to provide you with up-to-date emails or texts on issues affecting Tennessee’s students. Text TNSUCCESS to 52886 for text alerts today. 

News & Media

If you’re interested in learning about the work TSS does through our newsletters, up-to-date organizational information, and press communications, explore our news and media section to see how we’re engaging with the public.

Meet Our Team

Want to learn more about Team TSS? Engage with the Meet Our Team page to learn about who we are, what our background is, and how to best contact us.

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: August 10

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10

A Note From TSS President & CEO Adam Lister For many, August is a time to get back in the swing of things, set goals, and begin the school year This year looks significantly different as... more
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TSS Blog

Inside Equity with FUTURO, Inc.

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10

What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s students Our mission as an inclusive college-success professional-development organization is to help prepare and... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Laughter is Magic

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Aug

7

Read-Along Rep Tom Leatherwood as He Reads Aloud Let’s join Rep Leatherwood and his dog Toby as they read the book, “No Roses for Harry” aloud to us this week We have so much fun... more
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Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Celebrates an E...

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Aug

7

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) released the following statement after a successful election night for Tennessee General Assembly candidates who openly support higher... more
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TSS Blog

Voting, Elections, and Questions You Might Be S...

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Aug

3

Tennesseans for Student Success wants to break down some of the most commonly asked questions that, we hope, will help you make informed decisions at the ballot box this year and for years to come... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Dreaming is Magic

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Read-Along Sen Bill Powers as He Reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”  Studies show that reading aloud to your children has clear cognitive effects and can lead to eventual success... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: July 27

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Jul

27

Tennessee COVID-19 Update The following updates are from Governor Bill Lee’s press conference last Wednesday: The announcement of a $150 million grant fund targeted at assisting nonprofit... more
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TSS Blog

Voting, Elections, and Questions You Might Be S...

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Jul

27

The election process can often be intimidating Who do you vote for How do you know when and where to vote While these questions are straightforward for some, the election process and candidate... more
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TSS Blog

Inside Equity with Pionero Scholars at Lipscomb...

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Laura Delgado, Program Director of Pionero Scholars for Lipscomb University’s College of Education What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s kids The... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Feedback is Magic

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Jul

24

Read-Along Rep Kirk Haston as He Reads “Green Eggs and Ham”  This week, we joined Rep Kirk Haston in the mountains as he reads the classic book, “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr... more
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Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announce Releas...

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Jul

20

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) is launching its fourth annual TNSuccessCard, a helpful tool to gauge how members of the Tennessee General Assembly voted and evaluated... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Cooking is Magic

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Jul

17

Watch Rep Vincent Dixie Read Aloud to Us This week, we’re excited to be joined by Rep Vincent Dixie as he reads “The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver” by Gene Barretta This... more
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Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Securing Economic Freedom

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Jul

14

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: July 13

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13

TSS POLL: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Improving Education Remains a Top Issue for TN Voters Consistent with earlier TSS polling, Tennessee voters believe improving education should be a top priority for... more
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TSS Blog

Inside Equity: Tennessee Educators of Color All...

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Jul

13

Dr Diarese George, Executive Director & Founder of TECA What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s kids The Tennessee Educators of Color... more
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Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Innovation in Education

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Jul

10

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Exercise is Magic

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Jul

10

Read “The Rainbow Fish” Along with Rep Debra Moody This week we’re joined by Rep Moody as she reads “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister In this story, we learn that... more
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Press Releases

TSS Poll: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Improving Edu...

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NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) released statewide polling of 3,000 registered Tennessee voters conducted during June Consistent with earlier TSS polling, Tennessee voters... more
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Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Protecting Accountability

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Jul

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Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, please be safe with your loved ones and celebrate the freedom, patriotism, and liberty we have by living in this... more
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Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Higher Standards & Alig...

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Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Tennesseans for Student Success is a non-profit, statewide organization committed to improving student achievement in Tennessee In... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 29

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29

111th General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up The Tennessee General Assembly officially adjourned sine die at 3 am on June 19th, which means, barring a special session being called, they will not... more
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TSS Blog

Inside Equity: The Enterprise Center

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29

What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s kids The Enterprise Center, a non-profit economic development partner to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Exploring is Magic

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Join Rep John Ragan He Reads “Coat of Many Colors” We’re thrilled to be joined by Rep Ragan this week as he reads “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton This... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Art is Magic

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Read Along with Rep Rusty Grills as He Reads “Llama Llama Red Pajama” With Father’s Day this weekend, Rep Grills joined us this week to read with his daughter,... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 15

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15

TN Legislative Wrap-Up The 111th General Assembly plans to conclude their business this week by passing a revised state budget and voting on remaining critical legislation Many of the proposed policy... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Social Studies is Magic

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Watch Senator Dawn White Read “Grace Goes to Washington” Aloud This week, Tristar Reads would like to highlight the importance of showing diversity through BIPOC (black, indigenous,... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 8

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8

TN Legislative Corner The 111th General Assembly continues their June session this week with a full week of Committee meetings in each Chamber after recessing from the COVID-19 pandemic in... more
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Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Trist...

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NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) recently kicked off their fifth annual statewide summer reading scholarship program, Tristar Reads Through May, and during a time of... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Music is Magic

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Jun

5

Watch Senator Ferrell Haile Read “Donkey-Donkey” Aloud We’re thrilled to be joined by Senator Haile and his grandson this week as he reads “Donkey-Donkey” by Roger... more
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TSS Blog

To hear you is to honor you

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Jun

4

Good afternoon, Just one week ago, the nation was left speechless and heartbroken by the tragic and senseless death of Mr George Floyd, captured in nine agonizing minutes by cell phone video Mr... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 1

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TN Legislative Corner The 111th General Assembly returns to session this week and will focus some of their energy on legislation pending before the sudden recess in March They have set an... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: STEAM is Magic

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May

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Read Along with Chairman Mark White “The Little Engine That Could” We’re excited to catch up with Chairman White this week as he reads “The Little Engine That Could” by... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Dancing is Magic

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May

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Read Along with Rep Esther Helton “Giraffes Can’t Dance” This week we joined Rep Helton as she reads “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae aloud to us Thank... more
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Advocacy & Policy

Emerging from this crisis with a bright future ...

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On behalf of Tennesseans for Student Success, we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times The impact of COVID-19 has been far-reaching From Memphis to... more
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TSS Blog

TSS’ New Website: How is our improved website m...

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May

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Tennesseans for Student Success is excited to announce the recent launch of our new and improved website at wwwtnsucessorg The goal with the new site is to provide a user-friendly experience for... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 18

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May

18

Tennessee COVID-19 Update Recently, Governor Bill Lee’s Stimulus Financial Accountability Group held its second meeting to help Tennessee business owners get back on solid ground More... more
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TSS Blog

A Well Rounded Education at the Chattanooga Cha...

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Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence (CCSE) is located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was established in 2011 CCSE provides high quality, rigorous teaching, and learning several... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Science is Magic

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Read Along with Sen Bill Powers “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” This week we caught up with Sen Powers as he reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff aloud to us... more
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TSS Blog

Public Curriculum Meets Outdoor Education at Iv...

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May

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This week we are learning about several different charter schools around the Volunteer State during National Charter School Week Today, we hear from Ivy Academy Environmental Charter School in... more
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TSS Blog

Mindful Moments with Perea Elementary School

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May

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Perea Elementary School, located in North Memphis, is a public charter school that opened in the fall of 2018 Led by Deadre Ussery, Perea takes a holistic approach to education to prepare students... more
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TSS Blog

Innovating in Education with National Charter S...

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This week is National Charter School Week, and we are pleased to recognize and celebrate all the charter schools that make Tennessee such an innovative place to learn What is a charter school A... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Learning is Magic

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May

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Watch Rep Leatherwood Read “No Roses for Harry!” Join us this week as we watch Rep Tom Leatherwood (and his dog, Toby!) read “No Roses for Harry!” aloud At Tristar Reads, we... more
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TSS Blog

#SendTeachersLove During Teacher Appreciation Week

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Teachers are incredibly instrumental in the lives of our students in and outside of the classroom As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, TSS would like to take a moment to recognize those... more
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TSS Blog

Tristar Read’s 2019 Middle School Winner’s Expe...

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According to the Tennessee Department of Education, 349 percent of Tennessee students are at or above their grade level in English language arts With academic achievement gaps and the impact of the... more
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Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces New W...

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May

5

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) announces the launch of their newly designed website at wwwtnsuccessorg The new site features a more streamlined and engaging... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 4

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Tennessee COVID-19 Update Recently, Governor Bill Lee released first-steps for the opening of Tennessee’s economy called the “Tennessee Pledge” The governor’s aim through the... more
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TSS Blog

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with Ms. ...

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May 4-8, 2020 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and it’s important now more than ever that we recognize and celebrate the significant role educators play in student’s lives With the... more
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Reading is Magic

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May

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Welcome to the kick-off week of Tristar Reads 2020! We are pleased you’ve joined us as we journey through the magic of reading this summer Tristar Reads is an annual summer reading program by... more
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TSS Blog

Tristar Reads: How the Program Impacted Last Ye...

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Tristar Reads is our annual summer reading contest designed to encourage students across the Volunteer State to keep up their reading skills during the summer while also cultivating a joy for reading... more
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Tristar Reads

Tristar Reads Spring Edition: April 24

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Tristar Reads, our annual summer reading program, doesn’t begin until May, but as most students are at home in this season, we want to offer various resources and activities for parents and... more
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: April 20

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Tennessee COVID-19 Update As our schools, economy, and life in general moves at a rapidly different pace than one month ago, TSS is keeping our finger on the pulse of education-related COVID-19... more
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TSS Blog

UT Promise: Make a Difference in a Student̵...

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Apr

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The University of Tennessee recently announced a new, student-success-oriented scholarship program that offers free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee undergraduate students who have... more
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TSS Blog

RECAP: TSS and TennesseeCAN’s Back to School Co...

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Tennesseans for Student Success in partnership with TennesseeCAN hosted a Back to School webinar on Wednesday, July 29th 65 teachers, parents, and school leaders from across the state attended the... more
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