From Mr. Sisk at the Tennessean: The Tennessee Education Association delivered a petition today signed by nearly 9,000 teachers and supporters asking lawmakers not to pass bills that would repeal their collective bargaining powers, take away the TEA’s seat on the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System and end the use of payroll deductions to pay dues.
“Teachers believe this legislation represents an attempt to silence our professional voice, leaving us with little opportunity to impact public education policy at the local and state level,” the petitioners say in a cover letter.
Separately, new state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman continued to avoid taking a side in the collective bargaining debate.
“The House and the Senate are going to get together and try to figure things out with the help of the governor’s office,” Huffman told reporters shortly after being sworn in this morning. “I’m going to continue to stay out of it unless the governor pulls me in to offer thoughts and opinions on it.”