Sen. Mike Bell

(R) District 9

Grades by Issue

High Expectations
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
100
A+
Economic Opportunity
100
A+
High Expectations
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
100
A+

2019 Score

100%
A+

Lifetime Score

100%
A+

Senate Average

94%
A
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position Rep Voted
Economic Opportunity SB 63 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. (Senate Education Committee)
Economic Opportunity SB 63 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Innovation SB 796 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. (Senate Education Committee Vote)
Innovation SB 796 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 805 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. (Senate Education Committee Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 805 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Accountability SB 836 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. (Senate Education Committee Vote)
Accountability SB 836 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
High Expectations SB 1518 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 1260 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. (Senate Education Committee Vote)
Innovation SB 796 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. (Senate Government Operations Committee Vote)
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position

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