BoardTalk May 2008
Vol. 11, Issue 7 Tennessee School Boards Association Nov./Dec. 2009
Race to the Top deadline approaching
HAPPENINGS Tennessee is applying for Race To the Top Grant and in order for your system
to participate your superintendent, board chairman and union leader must sign and
December 2009 submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by December 18, 2009. The
6-7 SBA New Board State Department of Education respectfully requests that you submit you report
Member Orientation – for review by December 15, if possible.
TSBA Headquarters Please check with your superintendent for the blank MOU agreement. Please
note that all signatures must be included and all sections of Exhibit I must be
marked “Yes” in order to participate. Please return your fully executed MOU to
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Penny Griffith via electronic mail or facsimile:
January 2010 Tennessee Department of Education
Facsimile: (615) 532-4791 or (615) 532-2599
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Electronic mail: email@example.com
8 SBA Board Policy - Possible 2010-11 state education cuts identified
Greeneville Governor Phil Bredesen has notified the Dept. of Education that American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or federal stimulus) funds available
8 TSBA Negotiators to the Department in FY 2009-10 may not be available in FY 2010-11. The
Workshop - Governor expressed this to Education Commisisoner Timothy Webb during the
TSBA Headquarters recent budget hearing for the Department. The Department was originally told
that these funds would probably be available for two years, but recent economic
conditions seem to have changed that. This means that ARRA funding for these
12 SBA Board Policy - programs may cease as of June 30, 2010. Please make your LEA program people
Jackson aware of this. The following is a list of those items funded with ARRA funds
that may cease to be funded on June 30, 2010: Little TN Valley Ed Cooperative,
14 SBA Board Policy - $47,700; Public TV, $2,786,800; Science Alliance Museums, $750,000; Holocaust
TSBA Headquarters Commission, $128,300; Arts Academy, $150,000; Exemplary Educators,
$2,250,000; Professional Development, $421,200; Coordinated School Health,
$15,422,500; Extended Contracts, $15,000,000; CEO Supplements,
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$160,800; Internet Connectivity, $2,063,000; SSMS, $2,700,000; Safe Schools,
- TSBA Closed $3,092,800; Family Resource Centers, $3,463,200; Total - $48,436,300.
22 AFE 1st Quarter Dept. of Education requests NCLB waivers
Deadline The Tennessee Department of Education is requesting waivers from the U.S.
Department of Education of certain statutory and regulatory requirements under
24-30 School Board Week No Child Left Behind to effectively implement the State’s new academic content
and achievement standards.
As required under Section 9401, the state is providing all local educational
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Conference - on it. This waiver request will be posted on the Department’s website, http://
Washington, DC tennessee.gov/education/index.shtml
Please provide any comments you have about this waiver request to Julie P.
McCargar, Ed.D.; Executive Director of Federal Programs; Tennessee Department
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of Education, by Monday, Dec. 7. Any comments submitted will be forwarded to
the U.S. Department of Education as part of the waiver request.
BoardTalk November/December 2009
Memphis accepts $90 million Gates Grant
The Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners approved an Intensive Partnership grant of $90 million from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI), a focused plan to improve teacher
effectiveness in order to empower teachers for student success. Additionally, the Board approved the acceptance of a $1.9
million grant to fund research designed to help determine the most appropriate process by which to measure effective
teaching. To learn more, visit: http://www.mcsk12.net/newsreleases.asp?search=$90%20MILLION
Services set for CSH Director Connie Hall Givens
Connie Hall Givens, the Tenn. Dept. of Education’s Executive Director for Coordinated School Health, passed away
on Sunday after an extended period of illness. She is survived by her husband, Ken Givens, who serves as Tennessee’s
Commissioner of Agriculture; a son, Brian Givens; daughters Kellie Givens and Amy Givens; a granddaughter; her mother,
Wanda Jarvis Thomas; brothers Ronnie Hall, Michael Hall, and David Hall; and a sister, Donna Hall Mallory. Visitation
at the Christian-Sells Funeral Home, 1520 East Main Street, Rogersville, 3 to 6 p.m. E.S.T. Thursday, Dec. 3. Services will
follow at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Nashville at a later date. The Givens family requests that donations be
made to the Tennessee School Health Coalition or Gilda’s Club in lieu of flowers.
Rep. Larry Turner of Memphis passes away
Longtime State Representative Larry Turner, 70, of Memphis passed away Nov. 27 after a lengthy illness. A veteran of
24 years in the state legislature, Turner was born Jan. 16, 1939 in West Memphis. He was married to Johnnie Turner, the
Executive President of the Memphis branch of the NAACP. They have one child. Rep. Turner was the owner of Larry
Turner and Associates Realty and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
TSBA makes sample Planning Elements, Board Resolutions available
In an effort to help school boards focus their districts on meeting higher academic standards, TSBA has created sample
Planning Elements and a sample Board Resolution to give school systems a framework to begin the work of bringing all
stakeholders on board as we raise the bar for Tennessee students. These documents were distributed at the recent TSBA
Annual Convention. They are now available for downloading on the TSBA website, www.tsba.net, by clicking on the
Tennessee Diploma Project icon on the right side of the page.
Public School Forum provides information to parents and educators
In the 2009-2010 school year, the state of Tennessee increased the expectations of what students are required to learn,
new required assessments, and for students entering 9th grade this year, new high school graduation requirements. To learn
more about the Tennessee Diploma Project, go to http://tennessee.gov/education/TDP/index.shtml.
In addition, the Public School Forum provides Tennessee student achievement facts for K-12 students and college students.
It explains the need for rigorous education and education past high school to meet the demand for current and future jobs.
The information is provided in flashing, written advertisement titled, Did You Know? and through three quick public service
announcements. It is a real eye opener about raising the bar on Tennessee education. Please distribute the Public School
Forum website and the Tennessee Diploma Project website and newsletters on it to your schools and parents.
The Public School Forum can be accessed at http://www.publicschoolforum.org/. For more information about the Public
School Forum contact Karen Davis, Tennessee PTA President-elect at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 862-5255.
Comptroller’s Office releases report on new state standards
In January 2008, the Tennessee State Board of Education passed a new High School Policy requiring all students to
complete the same graduation requirements; the previous policy defined separate paths for college-bound students and
career-technical students. The State Board also adopted new K-12 standards in language arts, math, and science, representing
more rigorous expectations for students. A brief prepared by the Tenn. Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education
Accountability details the main components of the new High School Policy and addresses the reasons behind the changes. It
concludes with a section describing some of the challenges Tennessee will face in implementing these tougher standards and
assessments. To read the entire report, visit: http://www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/Repository/RE/StandardsAssessments2009.
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BoardTalk November/December 2009
Silent Hero Grant Program extends deadline
The mission of the “got breakfast?” foundation is to ensure that every child, regardless of background, starts the school
day with a nutritious breakfast in order to learn, grow and develop to their fullest potential. “got breakfast?” aims to
increase access to breakfast programs to help fight obesity, raise test scores and improve overall health. The Silent Hero
Grant Program will award up to $100,000 in grants. Public schools, non-profit private schools or 501 (c)(3) non-profit
organizations participating in the National School Breakfast Program are eligible to apply. For complete application and
program information, visit the “got breakfast?” website, http://www.gotbreakfast.org/grants.php
NSBA seeks federal E-Rate, broadband help
NSBA has asked the Federal Communications Commission to focus on addressing unmet needs from schools and
libraries as they propose changes to the E-Rate program and work to expand broadband access. For complete details, visit
http://onlinepressroom.net/nsba/new/ and click on the story link under “New Releases.”
Don’t Forget---Statement of Disclosure Due By January 31
Pursuant to Comprehensive Governmental Ethics Reform Act of 2006 all local public officeholders and all candidates for
public office, including school board members must file a “Statement of Disclosure of Interest” with the Tennessee Ethics
Commission by January 31. The failure to submit the required disclosure can result in the imposition of civil penalties
up to $10,000, so it is very important that all board members file with the Ethics Commission. Once submitted to the
Commission, the statements of disclosure must be updated by January 31 of each year thereafter; however, if there have been
no changes since the previous statement was filed, only minor additional reporting is required. The reporting form may be
found on the Tennessee Ethics Commission website at http://www.state.tn.us/sos/tec/forms/ss-8005.pdf. If you have any
questions or trouble downloading the document, you can contact the Ethics Commission at 615/253-8634.
Registration underway for required training sessions
Now is the time to register to attend an approved session to obtain your required School Board Academy credit for the current
year. Don’t forget, the 2009-10 training cycle ends June 30, 2010. This cycle has two remaining new school board member
orientation sessions, Dec. 6-7, 2009, and Feb. 11-12, 2010. Both will be held at the TSBA Headquarters in Nashville. Board
members who assumed office after Jan. 1, 2009, are required to attend the two-day Orientation session before June 30, 2010. For
more information regarding upcoming classes, visit our website, www.tsba.net. You may register online or by contacting Audra
Stewart at email@example.com or 800/448-6465, ext. 3904.
Negotiator’s Workshop scheduled for Jan. 8 at TSBA Headquarters
TSBA is planning an informative and interactive Negotiator’s Workshop that will provide attendees with current information
and relevant tools to assist in the collective bargaining process. This workshop will be held Jan. 8, 2010, at the TSBA Headquarters
in Nashville. As with past workshops, the January meeting will provide discussion surrounding emerging negotiations trends,
concerns, and tips, as well as legal and legislative updates. In addition, local negotiators will share updates on what is occurring at
the bargaining table in their districts. To register online, visit our website at www.tsba.net, or call Audra Stewart at ext. 3904.
Planning underway for NSBA’s 2010 FRN Conference in Washington, D.C.
Register to be part of the Tennessee delegation attending the National School Boards Association’s Federal Relations Network
(FRN) Conference scheduled for Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The FRN consists of school board members from
every congressional district in country who are committed to grassroots advocacy for public education. This is your chance to
make a difference in not only the lives of children in your school district, but in the lives of children across the nation. This
year’s conference will provide a great opportunity to remind national lawmakers of the serious issues facing public education in
America. For more information about the 2010 FRN Conference, contact Director of Government and Labor Relations Lee
Harrell at ext. 3903.
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School Board Week in Tennessee activities planned for Jan. 24-30, 2010
Make plans to celebrate “School Board Week in Tennessee” in your district, Jan. 24-30, 2010. This year’s theme is “Count Me
In,” and the event is part of the national celebration that recognizes the entire month of January as School Board Appreciation
2010 TSBA Day on the Hill breakfast to take place Feb. 23 in Nashville
Join your local legislators for breakfast in Nashville on Feb. 23, 2010, as part of the annual TSBA Day on the Hill. The 2010
event, which will take place at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown, gives attendees the latest information on legislative issues.
After breakfast, school board members can visit lawmakers in their offices and attend committee meetings. For more information,
please visit www.tsba.net or contact Audra Stewart at ext. 3904 for more information.
Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) set for March 12, 2010
Make plans now for your students to attend the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) Conference, scheduled
for March 12, 2010, at the Tennessee State University Downtown campus in Nashville. High school students from across the state
will participate in mock school board meetings and debate education issues, all in an effort to learn more about the role of local
school board members. With the chance to interact with their peers and discuss the issues directly affecting their education, this
is an opportunity your students should not miss. Visit www.tsba.net or contact Audra Stewart at ext. 3904 for more information
regarding the 2010 SCOPE Conference.
November-December 2009 - Vol. 11, Issue 7
TSBA BoardTalk (ISN 0049-3406) is produced seven times a year by the Tennessee School Boards Association.
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Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director
David Pickler, President
C. Steven Doremus, Editor
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