January 23, 2017
Earlier this month we welcomed the 110th General Assembly to Nashville. As both the House and Senate are doing organizational work this week, we wanted to take a few minutes today and do some legislative housekeeping as well. Whether it’s through these weekly legislative updates (look for them every Monday morning), our social media feeds, or from our field staff, we promise to make sure you have information in hand to help Tennessee’s students be ready for success.
Up first? Both the House and the Senate leadership appoint members to their respective Education Committees. In the Senate there is the Senate Education Committee and the House breaks the work into two committees: House Education Administration and Planning and House Education Instruction and Programs. We’ve linked to all three Committee websites – take a moment to look through them and get to know the elected officials who comprise them. You’ll be hearing from and about these leaders in the next few months!
We’re introducing something new this year we know will be a hit for you and our staff- Facebook Live. Our inaugural Facebook Live is coming in the next few weeks; we’ll be sure to share that information here next week. Make sure you’re following our Facebook page and keep an eye out for a Live notification. These moments will be great opportunities to join in the conversation, ask questions, share concerns, and get up-to-date information you can share with your networks.
Like you’ll hear in so many classrooms across the state – it’s important to begin with the end in mind. The end for us is every student in Tennessee ready for success. Though we’ve seen a great deal of success over the last several years, our work is not done. Continued support of our four priorities is necessary to moving Tennessee’s kids toward that goal. We believe work supporting our four main policy goals will get Tennessee’s kids to that goal. We are committed to high academic standards, to fewer, but better tests, to more publicly-funded choices in education, and to accountability for everyone involved in the classroom.
Thank you for being a part of this work with us. Whether you send emails to your legislator, meet with our field staff, are a part of our Facebook Live events, or read these emails each week, we couldn’t do this work without you.v