Sen Brenda Gilmore

(D) District 19

Grades by Issue

High Standards
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
67
D
Economic Opportunity
100
A+
High Standards
100
A+
Accountability
100
A+
Innovation
34
F
Economic Opportunity
100
A+

2020 Score

92%
A

Lifetime Score

89%
B

Senate Average

98%
A
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position Rep Voted
Economic Opportunity SB 1260 SB 1260/HB 736 Led by Gresham/Lafferty. This bill authorizes school districts to provide career-based experience to high school students and to establish partnerships with industry and local businesses to provide career-based experiences. Early exposure to workplace environments and on-the-job training can help Tennessee students gain the skills necessary to pursue the path of their choice. Tennesseans for Student Success supported this bill. (Senate Floor Vote)
Innovation SB 1790 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 2097 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 2344 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Economic Opportunity SB 1973 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. (Senate Floor Vote)
Innovation SB 1974  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. (Senate 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 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 Finance, Ways and Means 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 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 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 Floor Vote)
High Standards 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 y 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 Finance, Ways, and Means Committee Vote)
High Standards 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 y 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)
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
Issue Bill # Description TSS Position
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