Educators, legislators discuss Tennessee education
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Teachers concerned about the future of their classrooms came together in West Tennessee Thursday night to brainstorm their top priorities. Educators and legislators gathered at South Side High School for an annual meeting about the challenges teachers face each day in the classroom. “We welcome them to come in and ask questions,” Lisa Webb with Delta Kappa Gamma said. “It’s their time to ask what’s going on in the state of Tennessee and hear directly from our representatives.” DKG is a women’s teaching organization that hosted Thursday’s forum. One of the biggest issues they are seeing is concerning textbooks, some more than 14 years old with pages ripped out. There also are not enough for each student. “How do we go back and push for these issues of teacher evaluations, common core and these other issues when the teachers don’t even have updated textbooks,” Rep. Johnny Shaw said. Shaw said he will be taking these concerns back to the capitol and will get to work on legislation to try and make a difference. Parental involvement and the need for more technology for students also were discussed. In addition to Shaw, senators Delores Gresham and Ed Jackson and a representative from Craig Fitzhugh’s office were in attendance.