Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Receives Top Marks from TREE

Parent advocacy group TREE – Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence – released a legislative report card ranking lawmakers based on votes on education-related isues.

Votes that made up the Report Card included:

  • Charter Authorizer. TREE opposed this bill, which passed.
  • For-Profit Charters. TREE opposed this bill, which failed.
  • Vouchers. TREE opposed this bill, which failed.
  • Charter Conversion a/k/a Parent Trigger. TREE opposed this bill, which failed.
  • Testing Notification. TREE supported this bill, which passed.
  • Teacher Pay Restoration: TREE supported this bill, which passed.
  • Elimination of School Board Representation. TREE opposed this bill, which failed.

Legislators were ranked from A+ to F based on their votes on the issues of importance to TREE.

Senators receiving top grades: Charlotte Burks (D-15), Lowe Finney (D-27), Thelma Harper (D-19), Jim Kyle (D-30), Becky Massey (R-6), Doug Overbey (R-2), and Ken Yager (R-12).

Of those, Senators Burks, Finney, and Kyle will not be in the General Assembly in 2015 due to retirement.

Representatives receiving top grades: Raumesh Akbari (D-91), John Forgety (R-23), Gloria Johnson (D-13), Bo Mitchell (D-50), Joe Pitts (D-67), and Mike Stewart (D-52).

TREE billed the release as a means of informing voters ahead of the November elections.

View the full report card.

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One thought on “Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Receives Top Marks from TREE

  1. I find it interesting that after all the years of criticizing the A-F grading scale for schools, teachers and everything else in education, TREE went with the A-F scale. I’m also slightly perplexed as to the methodology that went into the letter grade. It looks as if the criteria for a “D” was batting .500 (by TREE’s standards), a “B” was over 500 and an A was a perfect score. The concern I have is that it doesn’t appear as if TREE weighted any of the votes. For example, it seems that “testing notification” votes carry the same weight as, say, voucher votes. I would argue (as I believe that most people would) that a voucher system has a much greater impact on education in Tennessee than testing notification and should be weighted differently. Maybe they’ll fix this in future report cards.

    I also take issue with Ophelia Ford getting a “B” given that she wasn’t present for barely any votes this session…

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