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Topic: Electoral & Legislative Work

We Elected Education Champions!

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Stand for Children Tennessee is committed to electing smart leaders capable of advancing education policies that ensure every child has access to a quality education. This election cycle, Stand for Children Tennessee endorsed 19 education champions in 16 races - 12 of those candidates won their races. These candidates were spread out over Metro Nashville School Board, Shelby County School Board, and State legislative races.

Education Bill Summary for the 2014 Legislative Session

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Last Thursday, the legislature completed its business and Tennessee lawmakers closed the books on the 108th General Assembly. The legislative plaza proved to be a hotbed of highly charged issues this year – from wrangling over Medicaid expansion and teacher pay increases to allowing open carry of handguns without a permit. As in years past, a good deal of the spotlight was on issues related to education, including vouchers, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, and teacher licensure.

That's a Wrap! 2014 End of Session Review

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THAT’S A WRAP!

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die last Thursday, leaving behind an assortment of bills that will become law upon signing by Gov. Haslam. Stand for Children was working the halls and offices of Legislative Plaza every day the legislature was in session.    

COMMON CORE 

Welcome to the 108th General Assembly

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…”Mr. Sergeant at Arms, invite the members into the chambers and close the doors.”

These were the words of both Speakers as they brought down their gavels to convene the 108th Tennessee General Assembly. With the striking of their mallets, Speaker Ramsey and Speaker Harwell ushered in what is shaping up to be a riveting legislative session. And while the first few days of session are always exciting, everyone seems incredibly mindful of all of the work that beckons, especially on the education front.

Urgent - 3 days left! We must VOTE for our kids!

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With just 3 days left in this election, who will be leading our district on Aug. 3rd? Now is the time to decide. Will it be new leaders? Or the same old faces?

Over 60,000 cast their vote during early voting so far in these August primaries and school board elections. The election on Aug. 2 will be a pivotal moment for our schools; the leadership we elect will carry our district through the merger; and, Stand for Children has been working hard to make sure your endorsements win.

Behind the Scenes at Stand Tennessee

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As Stand for Children Tennessee prepares for the Shelby County unified school election on August 2, staff, volunteers and supporters are working now more than ever.

Dorcea Brown, is a teacher in Memphis City Schools and a canvass lead for Stand for Children. Dressed in her Stand paraphernalia, she participated in an early voting flash mob at a polling site. In addition to educating the community about candidates and issues, another perk of canvassing is the impact it has on her team. 

Nashville Budget: Teacher Salaries and Tax Increases

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This week we have a special guest post from member and Nashville Metro Public School teacher, Ashley Croft. You can read more on her blog here.

In Metro/Davidson County, we are currently going through a major budget approval process in which the mayor has proposed a budget that requires a 53 cent property tax increase. Last night was the second reading of the budget, and the public turnout both for and against, was huge.

Courageous Elected Leaders Wanted: An Inside Look on How our Memphis Endorsement Committee Works

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The Stand for Children Endorsement Committee has been gathering over the past several months to make a choice on who will get recommendations for the Stand for Children endorsement for the Shelby County School Board elections on August 2nd, 2012. This group of dedicated leaders has taken their responsibility seriously. Each committee member put in preparation long before decision time. The candidates were researched by committee members and this information was shared among the committee.  A candidate questionnaire was developed by

Advocating for Education on Capitol Hill

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A group of over thirty Stand for Children members, coming from as far as Memphis, got together yesterday to head to Capitol Hill in Nashville to participate in our annual legislative advocacy day.

Before meeting with our legislators in the afternoon we met to go over our top agenda items. Our main goals were to encourage expanded funding for Pre-K, ensure continued implimentation of our new teacher evaluation system, gain support of ESEA waiver, and to keep the lottery scholarship requirements as they currently stand. 

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