Education Standards Debate Continues: Leaders Seek Compromise
On Tuesday, the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee amended SB1163/HB1035 by Sen. Bell (R-Riceville) and Rep. Spivey (R-Lewisburg) to require legislative approval of appointments made to the newly created legislative standards review committee. In the bill’s current amended form, the standards review committee will be composed of ten appointments by the Governor and speakers from both houses following the current legislative session and will require approval upon the legislature’s return in 2016. The House version is scheduled for a floor vote on Monday (4/20). If passed, the education standards compromise bill would still incorporate the current education standards review process established by Gov. Haslam last year and will be headed up by the State Board of Education, utilizing both professional input as well as citizen comments. The committees will provide input and suggestions on current standards and the adoption of new standards. To view the newly adopted House amendment, please click here. We urge all members to contact your legislator and encourage them to vote for this bill with only the agreed upon compromise amendments.
The letter can be as simple as
Dear Representative or Senator ___________;
I am writing, as one of your constituents from your district, to encourage you to support SB1163/HB1035 with only the agreed upon compromise amendments.
Go to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/ and click on Find my legislature to get the emails of the legislators.