Sen. Steve Southerland

(R) District 1

Grades by Issue

Standards
100
A
Accountability
100
A
Public School Choice
100
A
Standards
100
A
Accountability
100
A

2018 Score

91
A

Lifetime Score

96
A

Senate Average

98
A
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position Rep Voted
choice SB 1901 HB 1870 Dunn / SB 1901 Gresham makes certain all eligible special needs students, including those in Tennessee’s public charter schools, have access to services that will help them succeed. These services are often provided by special education services associations. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
accountability SB 250 HB 67 Smith / SB 250 Gresham required every local school district to offer at least one alternative growth model, usually in the form of a portfolio, in non-tested grade teacher evaluations. It passed in the House last year and was heard, then passed, in the Senate this year. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
standards SB 1691 HB 1569 H. Brooks / SB 1691 Lundberg creates greater access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in high school by allowing eligible local school districts to expand CTE class sizes. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
choice SB 1899 HB 2430 M. White / SB 1899 Gresham ensures that public charter schools authorized by the Tennessee State Board of Education have full and equitable access to available resources provided to all Tennessee school districts. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
choice SB 2571 HB 2060 Smith / SB 2571 Hensley will create a grant program for two schools to focus on encouraging and studying parent engagement, highlighting that parents are a full, necessary, and welcome part of the work for student success. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
standards SR 158 HR 192 Hawk / SR 158 Norris – These resolutions confirm changes in the state’s education funding formula, the BEP, that add $13 million per year of RTI2 (early intervention for struggling students) funding for instructors. Tennesseans for Student Success supported both resolutions. (Floor Vote)
standards SB 2552 HB 2644 Sargent / SB 2552 Norris – This year’s state budget, once again, highlights and supports education efforts in Tennessee. It added $212 million to K-12 including: $55 million in teacher pay raises, $6 million in charter school facilities grants, $10 million in school turnaround grants for priority schools, $3.5 million for the Read to be Ready early literacy program, $1.75 million to strengthen Tennessee's principal pipeline and $13.3 million for RTI2. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
accountability SB 1629 HB 1694 Smith / SB 1629 Gresham will ensure everyone involved in Tennessee’s teacher preparation programs is accountable for student success. The bill requires teacher preparation programs to report the number of recent graduates that are performing below expectations on their teacher evaluations and the estimated cost of providing remediation. It also clarifies the probation and revocation process for underperforming teacher preparation programs. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Floor Vote)
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
accountability SB 1498 HB 2238 Faison / SB 1498 Southerland would have blocked parents and teachers from knowing if their students were on track for success. It also called for the state to be out of compliance with federal education law by removing the growth component percentage from teacher evaluations under unclear circumstances. Tennesseans for Student Success opposed this bill.

Stay Up-to-Date