The Tennessee General Assembly recently adjourned a special session to address COVID-19. Among the bills that passed? Legislation permitting partisan school board races. I mean, if there’s one thing that will help local communities better respond to the challenges COVID has placed on schools, it is most certainly more partisanship.
Missing from the COVID special session was any move toward improving (increasing) funding for our state’s schools. This despite a huge state surplus and a $1.7 billion shortfall in funding.
Here’s video of one GOP Senator who opposed the effort to make school board races partisan:
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The Tennessee School Boards Association has announced a new data dashboard for school districts.
Here’s the press release:
TSBA is proud to announce the new District Data Dashboard. TSBA designed the dashboard to assist local boards of education in preparing their students for relevant pathways of success and ensuring that their strategic plans are not only focused on strengthening college readiness but also career readiness. The dashboard provides district and regional labor market statistics and district demographics and academic and financial data to assist boards in their planning process. Boards can use the labor market data to develop academic, career and technical courses and training that address their local industry and occupational needs. The academic and financial data can be used to align curriculum and expenditures to labor market needs which allows boards to establish a direct link between their educational programs and local economy.