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?