House lawmakers passed House Bill 944 recognizing Tennessee’s public schools and school districts that implement high-quality civic education because it is essential to preserving our constitutional democracy.

   In partnership with the Secretary of State’s office, this initiative seeks to promote efforts to increase access to quality civics education, while also recognizing our schools for their excellence in civics education.

   Standards established by this legislation include instructional criteria, professional development for teachers, project-based assessment implementation, real-world learning activities, and high-performance on Tennessee’s mandated exam for our high school seniors.

   This legislation will have an incredible impact on our current and future leaders, and House Legislators will continue to support legislation that strengthens the academic foundations of our students.

House Supports Resolution Calling For New Ad Hoc Task Force On Education

   This week, House lawmakers supported a Joint Resolution that creates a new Ad Hoc Task Force on Education.

   This House-led initiative — in partnership with the Governor and the Senate Speaker — will focus on untying the hands of our educators, students, and schools in efforts to solidify Tennessee’s future.

   Under House Joint Resolution 394, the task force will study and evaluate the overall effectiveness and necessity of state testing practices, curriculum, and other mandated academic policies and procedures that are currently imposed upon our school boards, school directors, principals, teachers, students, and their parents. This will improve overall education outcomes and enhance Tennessee’s future economic standing.

   The Ad Hoc Task Force on Education will include members of the Governor’s Cabinet as appointed by the Governor, as well as members of both the House and Senate as appointed by the Speakers. Tennessee educators, school administrators, and parents will also be chosen to participate by the Governor, the Lt. Governor, and the House Speaker as they see fit. 

   Tennessee has made remarkable progress improving education over the past decade. Because of strategic and record-breaking House-led investments, our students are now the fastest improving in the entire nation across math, reading, and science. Last year, we also achieved the best high school graduation rates ever — 89.1 percent.  

   The creation of this important task force is another example of the House’s commitment to education and strong desire to lead. It is imperative that we build upon our recent successes in the areas of career readiness and aptitude for our K-12 students, and this task force gives us that opportunity.

   As always, I am truly humbled and honored to be your voice in Nashville. If there is ever any issue I can assist you with, please contact my office by calling 615-741-2190 or emailing me at: rep.david.byrd@capitol.tn.gov. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and suggestions as we continue to protect Tennessee’s conservative values throughout the remainder of the 111th General Assembly.

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