The Governor's Office Would LIE to the Public?

Keep Public Funds in Public Education

We are hearing increasing reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation tactics being used by Tennessee legislators, to strong-arm YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES into voting the way THEY want them to vote, rather than for the interests of constituents.

Now, we are also hearing that people who voted for Governor Bill Lee have called his office to

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Cover Your Eyes; Our Legislators' PAC Priorities Are Showing!

If you still think the constant attacks on Tennessee’s teachers are partisan attacks, you’ve got some catching up to do!

The school voucher plan has been deceptively re-named “Education Savings Account,” with the hope that it can be fast-tracked through the legislature before constituents notice they have been had. And

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TN House Education Committee Contact Information

Contact information for your Tennessee House Education Committee and Subcommittee members is in the PDF below. Please contact them to let them know that you want PUBLIC dollars used for PUBLIC schools and that local school boards should be in control of local schools.

House Ed Committees 2019 Sheet1

Pass the Bill and Figure it out Later?!

Please watch this meeting of the Tennessee House Education Subcommittee on Curriculum, Testing, and Innovation regarding creating a new commission (yes, bigger government) to authorize charter schools, after local school districts vote not to authorize them. (Skip forward to 42:34 – HB 0940)

If the video does not play, you can also access it

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6 States Invest Twice as Much Per Pupil

50% of States Spend $2,600 More Per Student than TN

A Voucher by Any Other Name

In November, 2018, 92% of Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) delegates voted for a resolution urging lawmakers to oppose “any legislation or other similar effort to create a voucher program that would divert money intended for public education to private schools or organizations.” TSBA membership includes 141 Tennessee school boards, whose members are elected by

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Term Limits?

I was recently asked why the term limits for Knox County government officials do not extend to school Board members.

The answer can be found in Tennessee Supreme Court documents from 2006-2007:

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

September 6, 2006 Session

DIANE

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TN(not)Ready – part 1

A Timeline and Explanation of Governor Haslam’s Protested “Listening” Tour

On Tuesday, August 21st at noon, the Tennessee School Boards Association forwarded to school board members, a press release from Governor Haslam’s office:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a multi-phase plan, highlighted by a statewide listening tour, to

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We get along quite nicely; thanks.

This is being reposted from a social media conversation, regarding the budget and the relationship between the school board and county commission:

What nobody seems to want to accept, is that the “budget” the BOE “passes” in April is not the actual, final budget. It is ONLY a REQUEST and is required of every office

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