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Tennessee Education Association outlines legislative agenda

January 28th, 2014 8:29 am by Rick Wagner

Tennessee Education Association outlines legislative agenda

BLOUNTVILLE  — “The Trouble with TVAAS,” a TEA production, is on the road and headed to the General Assembly in Nashville this year.

With due apologies to “Star Trek” fans of the old “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode, Tennessee Education Association officials outlined the teacher group’s 2014 legislative agenda during a TEA Road Show stop at Sullivan Central High School Monday evening.

That agenda is headlined by opposition to using the value-added scores as sole justification to remove a teacher’s license.

But like the furry creatures in the 1960s science fiction television show, TEA’s agenda has multiplied to what Duran Williams, TEA’s assistant executive director over advocacy and legislation, called the most ambitious TEA legislative lineup in decades.

He said it comes at the time of a perfect storm: an election year in which Republican lawmakers, in the majority, are willing to sponsor or sign on to TEA bills.

Steve McCloud, manager of legal services, said the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, commonly known as TVAAS, was never designed or intended to be used as the sole basis for “high stakes” decisions on a teacher’s future employment.

They spoke to about 30 people, mostly teachers from the Sullivan County, Kingsport, Bristol, Tenn., and Johnson City school systems.

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