March 18, 2019
|Legislative session is in full swing, and we are monitoring key pieces of legislation to help ensure a focus on students remains at the forefront of educational progress in Tennessee.|
|Students Must Be at Forefront of Educational Progress
Our President and CEO, Adam Lister, recently penned an editorial in the Knoxville News Sentinel about how our state is “building a cathedral of opportunity” for students, and is poised to do even more to ensure students are prepared for the future.
|Governor Lee’s GIVE Initiative Making Way Through Committees
Recently, we expressed our support of the Governor’s GIVE Initiative (HB949/SB805), which will make on-the-job training and dual enrollment opportunities more accessible for high school students to help better prepare them for postsecondary success.
The House Education is set to hear this piece of legislation on Wednesday. After a majority passage in the Senate Education Committee last week, the bill is on the calendar for the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee for Tuesday.
|Proposed Legislation to Update Charter School Authorization Process
On Wednesday, HB940/SB796 is calendared to be heard in the House Education Full Committee. Supported by the Lee Administration, this piece of legislation would provide a statewide public charter school authorizer.
A statewide authorizer would increase the number of high-quality seats in public charter schools across Tennessee, address chronic facility issues in many low-income neighborhoods, and create a structured framework for the numerous authorizers working in Tennessee.
The bill is also set to be heard in the Senate Education Committee this week.
|Tristar Reads Starting Soon!
Tristar Reads, a summer reading program that invites Tennessee students ages 5-18 to spend at least 20 minutes with a book each day, will be gearing up in the coming months.
Please keep an eye out for more details coming soon, and plan to help us make Tristar Reads another huge success this year!
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