April 15, 2019
|Legislative Session Winding Down, Accountability, and more!
With the General Assembly expected to wrap up work by mid-May, we are still monitoring remaining education bills, including key public charter schools legislation. Today, we’ll update you on a bill to provide more post-secondary opportunities and discuss the importance of accountability among our educators.Also, we want to wish all our students across the state good luck on assessments, which are beginning this week!
Read below about ways to partner with us and other Tennesseans to use your voice to help promote student success!
|GIVE Act Headed for Governor’s Desk
The GIVE Act, the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education Act, has passed through both the House and Senate and is now headed to Governor Lee’s desk for his signature. By providing funding for more dual enrollment credits and creating regional partnerships for students to gain on-the-job experience, the GIVE Act will be a great step towards ensuring our students have pathways to success upon leaving graduation.
Also, we support providing families and students with high-quality public charter school options. HB940/ SB796 would create a statewide authorizer to help open more good public charter schools and close charter schools that are not performing well. This bill is set to be heard on the full House floor Wednesday morning and in the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee tomorrow.
Do you want to help Tennessee continue to lead student growth and create more opportunities for families and students? Sign a letter to your state legislator.
Protecting Accountability in Our Schools
To ensure student success, there must be accountability for everyone involved in the classroom. We hold everyone accountable by measuring for success. Student success starts with a high-quality teacher. A strong teacher evaluation system is essential to recognizing and celebrating effective educators while highlighting where more focus and additional training could be beneficial.Our students deserve high-quality teachers that are given feedback and supported through professional evaluations. If you support our teachers being given opportunities for professional development and growth, sign a letter to help provide every student with first-rate classroom instruction.
Thank You to Our Assistant Principals!
Last week, we celebrated National Assistant Principals Week across Tennessee. We stopped by schools across the state to deliver a special treat to say THANK YOU to these school leaders for making a difference every day in our schools.
Nominate an Educator for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!
We will celebrate a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee) each month. Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students!
Use Your Voice
Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here.