East TN teachers rally in Nashville

East Tennessee teachers used part of their spring break to road trip to Nashville and lobby lawmakers.

The Tennessee Education Association, the state's largest teacher's organization, estimates 50 to 75 East Tennessee teachers attended-- most from Knox County.

There are a number of bills related to common core being discussed in committees right now.

Generally, TEA says they support Common Core's higher standards but not the way it has been implemented, or new required tests known as PARCC.

The TEA has used all four Tuesdays in March to allow teachers on spring break to have their voices heard. A spokesperson added they were pleased with the house bill that overwhelmingly passed last Thursday to delay some Common Core standards and the PARCC assessment.

Knox County teachers lobbied for HB 2263 or the TEA's teacher liscensure bill. It prohibits the use of standardized tests for teacher licenses. The education did not take up the bill Tuesday.

The committee did pass HB 2264 or the non-correlation bill that says the state cannot establish policies requiring that observation results are aligned with TVAAS statistics.


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