Rep Charlie Baum

(R) District 37

Grades by Issue

High Standards
100
A+
Aligned Assessment
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
100
A+
Economic Opportunity
100
A+
High Standards
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
100
A+
Economic Opportunity
100
A+

2020 Score

100%
A+

Lifetime Score

100%
A+

House Average

90%
A
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position Rep Voted
Accountability HB 38 SB 496/HB38 Led by Bowling/VanHuss. This bill weakens the teacher evaluation system for early grades and creates inconsistencies in evaluating teachers district-to-district. Additionally, it removes student growth measures, which are an essential aspect of meaningful teacher evaluations utilized to improve and support professional development for educators. Tennesseans for Student Success opposed this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Accountability HB 38 SB 496/HB38 Led by Bowling/VanHuss. This bill weakens the teacher evaluation system for early grades and creates inconsistencies in evaluating teachers district-to-district. Additionally, it removes student growth measures, which are an essential aspect of meaningful teacher evaluations utilized to improve and support professional development for educators. Tennesseans for Student Success opposed this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Innovation HB 1835 SB 1790/HB 1835 Led by Powers/C. Johnson. This bill allows the Commissioner of the TN Department of Education to grant a waiver from the average class size limits established to assist a school district in funding a grow your own program pursuant to criteria established by the department. 'Grow your Own' refers to a successful innovative teacher education pilot program that utilizes a teacher residency model. Training highly effective classroom teachers is critical to student success. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Innovation HB 1835 SB 1790/HB 1835 Led by Powers/C. Johnson. This bill allows the Commissioner of the TN Department of Education to grant a waiver from the average class size limits established to assist a school district in funding a grow your own program pursuant to criteria established by the department. 'Grow your Own' refers to a successful innovative teacher education pilot program that utilizes a teacher residency model. Training highly effective classroom teachers is critical to student success. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Government Operations Committee Vote)
High Standards HB 1679 SB 1816/HB 1679 Led by Hensley/Haston. The Tennessee Department of Education allows high school students to take a wide variety of rigorous courses that are aligned to their post-secondary plans. This bill simply creates a mechanism and timeline for notification of these course offerings to school counselors and admissions officers. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
High Standards HB 1679 SB 1816/HB 1679 Led by Hensley/Haston. The Tennessee Department of Education allows high school students to take a wide variety of rigorous courses that are aligned to their post-secondary plans. This bill simply creates a mechanism and timeline for notification of these course offerings to school counselors and admissions officers. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Aligned Assessment HB 1826 SB 1946/HB 1826 Led by Hensley/Haston. This bill requires the TN Department of Education Commissioner to develop formative assessment question banks that are aligned to TNReady assessments measuring the academic progress of students. It also requires the TN Department of Education to make the formative assessment question banks available for use by school districts. TSS supports transparency in testing to support student achievement and growth. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Aligned Assessment HB 1826 SB 1946/HB 1826 Led by Hensley/Haston. This bill requires the TN Department of Education Commissioner to develop formative assessment question banks that are aligned to TNReady assessments measuring the academic progress of students. It also requires the TN Department of Education to make the formative assessment question banks available for use by school districts. TSS supports transparency in testing to support student achievement and growth. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2157 SB 2097/HB 2157 Led by Gresham/Hicks. The Financial Aid Simplification (FAST) Act makes changes to Tennessee's student financial aid system, simplifying the financial aid process. This bill strengthens pathways to a post-secondary credential, increases retention and completion, and ensures today's students can attain the goals they set out to do. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2157 SB 2097/HB 2157 Led by Gresham/Hicks. The Financial Aid Simplification (FAST) Act makes changes to Tennessee's student financial aid system, simplifying the financial aid process. This bill strengthens pathways to a post-secondary credential, increases retention and completion, and ensures today's students can attain the goals they set out to do. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways & Means Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2157 SB 2097/HB 2157 Led by Gresham/Hicks. The Financial Aid Simplification (FAST) Act makes changes to Tennessee's student financial aid system, simplifying the financial aid process. This bill strengthens pathways to a post-secondary credential, increases retention and completion, and ensures today's students can attain the goals they set out to do. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
High Standards HB 2229 SB 2160/HB 2229 Led by Johnson/Lamberth. This bill strengthens K-2 literacy in Tennessee by requiring districts to provide students with the necessary instruction to develop reading skills that meet Tennessee's academic standards and developmental expectations, including high-quality instructional materials and phonics-based instruction. This legislation will help meet an urgent need to tackle the literacy crisis in Tennessee through a comprehensive approach. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Innovation HB 1993 SB 2343/HB 1993 Led by Greshman/Dunn. This bill requires each school district to conduct an open enrollment period in which a parent or guardian of a student may seek to transfer the student to a school the student is not zoned to attend, provided there is available space. Public education isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to student success. TSS supports empowering parents with information about their options for public school choice. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2105 SB 2344/HB 2105 Led by Gresham/ White. This bill updates current law clarifying the intent and mission of Tennessee's state colleges of applied technology (TCATs) to provide occupational and technical education. These changes reflect the success of the TCAT model as an excellent postsecondary option in today's economy and allow better utilization of occupational and technical education. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2105 SB 2344/HB 2105 Led by Gresham/ White. This bill updates current law clarifying the intent and mission of Tennessee's state colleges of applied technology (TCATs) to provide occupational and technical education. These changes reflect the success of the TCAT model as an excellent postsecondary option in today's economy and allow better utilization of occupational and technical education. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2404 SB 2350/HB 2404 Led by Gresham/Ragan. This bill extends eligibility for the work-based learning student grant program to include students enrolled in a middle college program. Work-based learning opportunities open doors for students to prepare for postsecondary and their careers. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2404 SB 2350/HB 2404 Led by Gresham/Ragan. This bill extends eligibility for the work-based learning student grant program to include students enrolled in a middle college program. Work-based learning opportunities open doors for students to prepare for postsecondary and their careers. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
High Standards HB 1822 SB 2578/HB 1822 Led by Yarbo/Dixie. This bill strengthens student outcomes by ensuring students who are ready for Algebra I in the 7th grade, based on a prerequisite benchmark score in mathematics on the 7th grade TCAP, are enrolled in an advanced mathematics course subject to availability. It also ensures that their parents are notified of this opportunity for their student. TSS supports equitable opportunities for students who are ready for advanced educational opportunities, which help students prepare for college and career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
High Standards HB 1822 SB 2578/HB 1822 Led by Yarbo/Dixie. This bill strengthens student outcomes by ensuring students who are ready for Algebra I in the 7th grade, based on a prerequisite benchmark score in mathematics on the 7th grade TCAP, are enrolled in an advanced mathematics course subject to availability. It also ensures that their parents are notified of this opportunity for their student. TSS supports equitable opportunities for students who are ready for advanced educational opportunities, which help students prepare for college and career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 2472 SB 1973/HB 2472 Led by Gresham/White. This bill allows the Executive Director of the Student Assistance Corporation to temporarily suspend, modify, or waive any deadline or other nonacademic requirement in statute, rule, or policy of any financial aid program if the governor has declared that a state of emergency exists. In times of crisis, TSS believes it is important to remove unnecessary roadblocks for students to have access to higher education. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Innovation HB 2470  SB 1974/HB 2470 Led by Gresham/White. This bill would create the TN Commission on Education Recovery & Innovation, a nine person commission to develop recovery plans from COVID-19 for K-12 and higher education. The commission would make recommendations on strategies to close educational gaps resulting from school closures, and to modernize the state’s educational structure to create more flexibility in the delivery of education to students.TSS supports innovative policies to help prepare students for productive citizenship and bright futures. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
High Standards 2019 Session With the sudden shift in priorities in response to the health and economic crisis, vote opportunities stalled and progress halted on numerous education policy proposals. To provide voters with a comprehensive view of how members prioritize student success, the 2020 score was calculated using votes taken by the 111th General Assembly in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, Tennesseans for Student Success scored legislators on the following bills.
Economic Opportunity HB 866 HB 866 DeBerry/ SB 63 Robinson Expands Career and Technical Education (CTE) to grades six through twelve. Previously, CTE programs were made available for grades 9-12. Multiple studies have found that increased exposure to CTE results in higher graduation rates, college-going and higher wages when student transition into a career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Curriculum, Testing & Innovation Subcommittee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 866 HB 866 DeBerry/ SB 63 Robinson Expands Career and Technical Education (CTE) to grades six through twelve. Previously, CTE programs were made available for grades 9-12. Multiple studies have found that increased exposure to CTE results in higher graduation rates, college-going and higher wages when student transition into a career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 866 HB 866 DeBerry/ SB 63 Robinson Expands Career and Technical Education (CTE) to grades six through twelve. Previously, CTE programs were made available for grades 9-12. Multiple studies have found that increased exposure to CTE results in higher graduation rates, college-going and higher wages when student transition into a career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways and Means Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 866 HB 866 DeBerry/ SB 63 Robinson Expands Career and Technical Education (CTE) to grades six through twelve. Previously, CTE programs were made available for grades 9-12. Multiple studies have found that increased exposure to CTE results in higher graduation rates, college-going and higher wages when student transition into a career. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Innovation HB 940 HB 940 Lamberth/ SB 796 Johnson Establishes the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, a national best practice, creates a uniform appeal process for charter school applications while establishing more rigorous accountability and oversight for state-authorized charter schools. The state-wide commission as an independent statewide appeal panel, will remove politics from authorization decisions and support TSS' goal of increasing the number of high-quality public school seats across the state. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Curriculum, Testing & Innovation Subcommittee Vote)
Innovation HB 940 HB 940 Lamberth/ SB 796 Johnson Establishes the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, a national best practice, creates a uniform appeal process for charter school applications while establishing more rigorous accountability and oversight for state-authorized charter schools. The state-wide commission as an independent statewide appeal panel, will remove politics from authorization decisions and support TSS' goal of increasing the number of high-quality public school seats across the state. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Innovation HB 940 HB 940 Lamberth/ SB 796 Johnson Establishes the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, a national best practice, creates a uniform appeal process for charter school applications while establishing more rigorous accountability and oversight for state-authorized charter schools. The state-wide commission as an independent statewide appeal panel, will remove politics from authorization decisions and support TSS' goal of increasing the number of high-quality public school seats across the state. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways and Means Committee Vote)
Innovation HB 940 HB 940 Lamberth/ SB 796 Johnson Establishes the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, a national best practice, creates a uniform appeal process for charter school applications while establishing more rigorous accountability and oversight for state-authorized charter schools. The state-wide commission as an independent statewide appeal panel, will remove politics from authorization decisions and support TSS' goal of increasing the number of high-quality public school seats across the state. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 949 HB 949 Lamberth/ SB 805 Johnson Increases the total number of dual enrollment courses a high school student may take free of charge and creates regional partnerships for students to gain critical on-the-job experience. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 949 HB 949 Lamberth/ SB 805 Johnson Increases the total number of dual enrollment courses a high school student may take free of charge and creates regional partnerships for students to gain critical on-the-job experience. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways and Means Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 949 HB 949 Lamberth/ SB 805 Johnson Increases the total number of dual enrollment courses a high school student may take free of charge and creates regional partnerships for students to gain critical on-the-job experience. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Accountability HB 1083 HB 1083 White/ SB 836 Akbari Supports strict accountability for charter schools by ensuring the automatic closure of schools that are placed on the state’s “priority school” list, which is the lowest -performing 5 percent of public schools in Tennessee, in two consecutive cycles. Requires the public charter school to develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan if not closed the first year it falls on the Priority List. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Curriculum, Testing & Innovation Subcommittee Vote)
Accountability HB 1083 HB 1083 White/ SB 836 Akbari Supports strict accountability for charter schools by ensuring the automatic closure of schools that are placed on the state’s “priority school” list, which is the lowest -performing 5 percent of public schools in Tennessee, in two consecutive cycles. Requires the public charter school to develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan if not closed the first year it falls on the Priority List. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Accountability HB 1083 HB 1083 White/ SB 836 Akbari Supports strict accountability for charter schools by ensuring the automatic closure of schools that are placed on the state’s “priority school” list, which is the lowest -performing 5 percent of public schools in Tennessee, in two consecutive cycles. Requires the public charter school to develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan if not closed the first year it falls on the Priority List. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways and Means Committee Vote)
Accountability HB 1083 HB 1083 White/ SB 836 Akbari Supports strict accountability for charter schools by ensuring the automatic closure of schools that are placed on the state’s “priority school” list, which is the lowest -performing 5 percent of public schools in Tennessee, in two consecutive cycles. Requires the public charter school to develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan if not closed the first year it falls on the Priority List. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
High Standards HB 1508 HB 1508 Lamberth/ SB 1518 Johnson This year's state budget, once again, highlights and supports education efforts in Tennessee. It establishes the Future Workforce Initiative with a $4 million investment for STEM training in K-12 schools, adds 100 new CTE programs, and expands access to AP courses and early postsecondary options for high schoolers. The budget also invests $34 million in new dollars to fully fund higher education institutions, an additional $71 million in teacher salary increases, $5 million to improving student and teacher supports at the state's priority schools, and $12 million for charter school facility funding. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee Vote)
High Standards HB 1508 HB 1508 Lamberth/ SB 1518 Johnson This year's state budget, once again, highlights and supports education efforts in Tennessee. It establishes the Future Workforce Initiative with a $4 million investment for STEM training in K-12 schools, adds 100 new CTE programs, and expands access to AP courses and early postsecondary options for high schoolers. The budget also invests $34 million in new dollars to fully fund higher education institutions, an additional $71 million in teacher salary increases, $5 million to improving student and teacher supports at the state's priority schools, and $12 million for charter school facility funding. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 736 HB 736 Lafferty/ SB 1260 Gresham Directs the Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) to study the impact of work-based learning and encourages school districts to partner with businesses to expand career-based experiences for students. As amended the bill authorizes local education agencies (LEAs) to provide career-based experience to high school students and partner with industry and local business to provide career-based experiences. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Curriculum, Testing & Innovation Subcommittee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 736 HB 736 Lafferty/ SB 1260 Gresham Authorizes local education agencies (LEAs) to provide career-based experience to high school students and partner with industry and local business to provide career-based experiences. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity HB 736 HB 736 Lafferty/ SB 1260 Gresham Authorizes local education agencies (LEAs) to provide career-based experience to high school students and partner with industry and local business to provide career-based experiences. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (House Floor Vote)
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
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