Join Us on the Hill Against School Vouchers


Join us at the Tennessee State capitol, Legislative plaza Tuesday March 3rd for a “Day on the Hill Against School Vouchers”. Come help us take action!

Here are the current voucher bills in committee: HB0210/SB0122 and HB1049/SB0999

We encourage you to make appointments with your elected officials now to share your concerns over this destructive legislation. Find their contact info here.  They are always very open to hearing from constituents.

At our booth you will find flyers with talking points and an opportunity to craft your message to share with your lawmakers in writing. If you are not able to get an appointment or speak to anyone at the general assembly, come to the TREE booth and we will make sure your voice is heard. We will be joined by other citizen activists from other groups opposing vouchers.

Go right, down the hall, from the security check-in. You will find our table and many others. Our booth will be open from 10am till 2pm.

If you are unable to join us in Nashville, please take the time to thoughtfully email or call your elected officials and tell them you do not want private school vouchers in Tennessee. Remind them that research consistently shows vouchers do NOT increase student achievement. Let them know that our public schools are already stretched thin, and we cannot afford to take money AWAY from our public schools at a time when our schools are asked to do more and more. Find your legislators’ email addresses and phone numbers here.

Former State Representative Gloria Johnson has started a petition against school vouchers.


You can read more on the TREE Facebook. Please join us. We will be giving away our round “No School Vouchers” sticker shown above at our booth.

credit: Nathan Coley's piece 'There will be no miracles here'

New Orleans Charter Results – No Miracle Here

credit: Nathan Coley's piece 'There will be no miracles here' credit: Nathan Coley’s art piece ‘There will be no miracles here’

Nowhere have “reformers” been given as much free rein as in New Orleans for the past 10 years. Yes, they’ve had a decade to “prove the possible,” and show the world what their methods and full-scale charterization of an entire system can produce. And now, Louisiana education blogger Mercedes Schneider unveils the 2014 ACT scores for New Orleans high schools.

If these results were produced by traditional schools, reformers would be screaming that they are dismal, that change is not happening fast enough, and that a sense of urgency for children mandates that the reformers be thrown out of NOLA schools and a new team and paradigm brought in.

Alas, when her blog post came out, “reformers” went online to defend these results, stating that we must consider that NOLA schools started with low scores, that scores are affected by the fact that all students must take the ACT now, that “growth” and “trends” need to be taken into account, and that we must consider “context.” These are the very statements that reformers dismiss as simply “excuses” when applied to traditional schools. It seems excuses can be made only for charter schools. Take a look for yourself. These scores are posted not to beat up on the students and teachers at these schools, but to highlight that the reform movement is getting poor results by the very same measurement it uses to beat up traditional schools.

Here is a breakdown of 2014 average ACT composite scores for each RSD-New Orleans high school:

MLK Charter:  14.7

GW Carver: 14.3

Cohen College Prep: 17.4

John McDonogh High: 13.8

Joseph Clark:  13.9

Landry/Walker:  15.6

KIPP Renaissance:  15.5

Miller-McCoy:  15.2

OP Walker:  17.3

Sarah Reed:  15.0

RENEW Accelerated:  13.4

Sci Academy:  16.6

Thurgood Marshall:  15.8

Walter Cohen:  12.3

Algiers Tech:  14.5

RENEW Accelerated West Bank:  14.4

Ten years in, New Orleans offers no evidence of a miracle path for Tennessee.

Read More detail:  An interview with Mercedes Schneider about breaking the story on  NOLA’s ACT scores  The Case of the Disappearing Data