Way Back in 2012 When Some Parents Questioned Privatization

 TREE (Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence)  grew out of a smaller attempt at parent coalition building back in 2012 through a group named “Standing Together 4 Strong Community Schools.” Little did we know what that would mean in the future or that our blog posts would still have value today when questioning public education policy.  This TREE post is a quick copy/paste of that year’s blog writing. It is long. You might need to use the search function. It chronicles our fight against the charter authorizer, changes in charter laws that override local decisions today around charter school entry into districts and the year over year push to bring public school vouchers to Tennessee.

President Donald Trump and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, are proposing over $10 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, along with over $1 billion (so far) in new funding for charter schools & voucher programs. They do not want public education. We do and we are still fighting for great public education for ALL children.

MARCH Against the Devos bad policies THIS THURSDAY. Read more details on the Facebook invite as we assemble to ask DeVos to not “DeVostate Tennessee Schools” at Riverfront park 5pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/940…

At the time of these posts we had no idea this legislative march on the dismantling of public education was being replicated all over the country and would continue today.  Want to know more about the history of these unproven voucher policies and for-profit schemes to take dollars from Tennessee schools? Maybe some of the bad policy results we warned about have come true?

Read on.


Betsy DeVos Is Coming to Nashville

We wanted to update you on several events coming up in Nashville in the next few weeks. We feel as parents and teachers and public school supporters we must respond and or participate. We hope you will join us at one or all of these events.
MNEA will be showing the film “Backpack Full of Cash” at the Vanderbilt Mayborn Building – Vanderbilt University, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37212 followed by a panel discussion with school board members Amy Frogge and Christiane Buggs as well as other panelists. This film, narrated by Matt Damon, explores the efforts underway to privatize K-12 public education.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 5:00 pm
Betsy DeVos is coming to Nashville, and MNEA & TEA are hosting a RALLY at the Riverfront Park by the Music City Star Train Station. DeVos will be speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform held at the Omni Hotel.


 We will gather at the Riverfront for a rally. MNEA & TEA are arranging for speakers and performing artists. After the rally, look for a march from Riverfront to the Omni around 6:30 on public sidewalks. Check for further details as more groups get involved. Join parents, teachers and public school supporters as we assemble to ask DeVos to not “DeVostate Tennessee Schools”. Here is the Facebook Event Link.  https://www.facebook.com/events/940…
If your organization is interested in co-hosting this DeVos action email rosa@socm.org or michelesheriff@bellsouth.net
Interested in some anti-DeVos rally poster art? Click Here.



ALEC not Welcome Here! Rally Organized by the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN -at Cumberland River Park Thursday, December 7 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding their annual Nation and States Policy conference in Nashville, TN, Dec. 6-8. ALEC’s corporate backers draft laws that hurt our communities, take money from our paychecks, defund our schools, criminalize our neighbors, dirty our environment, and intentionally weaken our democracy to keep their corporate clients wealthy. We will rally at Cumberland Park and march to the Omni Hotel, where the ALEC conference is being held. Please join us to send a strong message to our Legislators: we want a PEOPLE’s Agenda, not a Corporate Agenda!! Click for facebook event info. https://www.facebook.com/events/194…


WHAT NEXT? We can rally and march for public education. But, what actions can we take NOW to make our public schools great and protect them and our children from DeVos takeover? Look for plans to gather, learn and take positive steps to understand how public education needs you to survive the attack and fleecing from privatization. Stay tuned. Sign up for TREE email alerts. http://treetn.us3.list-manage2.com/…
You can also sign up for text messaging from Defend Public Ed TN to get immediate updates on actions. Text @defendp to the number 81010. You’ll receive a welcome text from the Remind texting service. If anyone has trouble with 81010, you can try texting @defendp to (941) 900-3867.