This week Republican lawmakers in Tennessee moved one step closer to silencing the voice of teachers — but they also took one step back.
Radical Republicans in the Senate passed a plan to do away with collective bargaining, banning teachers from advocating for instruction prep time, reasonable class sizes and more one-on-one instruction.
But the plan stalled Tuesday in a House committee. Now we have a chance to protect teachers’ rights and keep radical Republicans from setting our schools back four decades. We need to act fast.
Click here to call or email members of the House Education Committee. Tell them “collective bargaining works for Tennessee students!”
It’s a sad irony that attacks on educators come during Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when we should be honoring those who educate and inspire our youth.
Show teachers your appreciation by calling or emailing the House Education Committee and ask them to vote to protect teachers’ rights.
Many Tennesseans are shocked that their Republican representatives would work to weaken teachers’ rights and privatize education.
During impassioned speeches on Monday, Sens. Andy Berke, Roy Herron, Lowe Finney and Eric Stewart stood up for teachers and stood up for what is right.
Their words are encouraging and, after you call the House Education Committee, we want you to see what our senators said:
Sen. Andy Berke, District 10:
“We advance student achievement when we work together with teachers and stakeholders toward a common purpose, not when we attack them.”
Sen. Roy Herron, District 24:
“There are things we need to do in education and all of them revolve around good quality teachers… For the life of me, I cannot see how taking away teachers’ voices on important issues encourages people to go into teaching.”
Sen. Lowe Finney, District 27:
“Ladies and gentlemen, we ought to be about the business of making teachers our partners because it’s going to affect those students who sit in that classroom.”
Sen. Eric Stewart, District 14:
“Teachers are expected to reach goals that are unattainable with resources that are often inadequate, but the miracle is most times they accomplish the impossible.”