A Call to Action…Rally to Support Tennessee’s Teachers!

March 1, 2011 by  
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Rally to Support Tennessee’s Teachers!

Several bills* have been introduced into the State Legislature that attack public school educators and the Tennessee Education Association. As in Wisconsin, these bills in Tennessee have nothing to do with education reform. Join the rally on Saturday, March 5, to send a message to state legislators and let them know you don’t appreciate their attack on hardworking teachers.

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 12noon – 3 PM

WHERE: Park and assemble at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN

Call TEA Communications for more information: 615-242-8392 or 1-800-342-8367, ext. 121.

Watch Gera Summerford, president of the Tennessee Education Association, answer questions from the press at a media event that drew almost 300 supporters:

*Bill information:

HB159/SB136: Prohibits public employees from having a payroll deduction to a political action committee or for dues for membership organizations that use funds for political activities.
HB130/SB113: Abolishes teachers’ unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional service with local boards of education.
HB367/SB 0624: Allows the board of education to grant teachers tenure at any time between their third and tenth years of service; eliminates judicial review of decision to suspend or dismiss a teacher for incompetence, inefficiency, neglect of duty, unprofessional conduct or insubordination.
SB102/HB565: changes the method of selection of trustees of TCRS representing teachers and retired teachers from election by the representative assemblies of the Tennessee Education Association and the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association respectively to appointment by the speakers of the senate and the house.
HB160/SB139: Creates Class C misdemeanor for labor organization to contribute to candidates.
HB179/SB294: Prohibits LEAs from denying equal access to LEA employees to all domestic professional employees’ organizations offering membership to all certificated personnel.


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