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Professional Educators Of Tennessee's Legislative Program
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Professional Educators of Tennessee's Legislative Program


Front: Governor Bill Haslam; Back (L to R): Tim Brinegar (Dir. of Goverment Relations), Rep. Tony Shipley, Bethany Bowman (Dir. of Professional Development), Audrey Shores (Dir. of Technology & Communication), Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, Cathy Kolb (PET Board President), Jan Forman (Dir. of Membership), J.C. Bowman (Executive Director), Rep. Debra Moody, Rep. Mary Littleton, Rep. William Lamberth
Professional Educators of Tennessee Staff & State Representatives at
the signing of the Student Self-Defense Bill (Public Chapter #222 2013)
Professional Educators of Tennessee has been actively involved with the state legislature since its inception. We work year-round as a professional, positive voice focused on uniting educators in support of an exemplary public education for every Tennessee student. We provide ongoing political advocacy training and assistance to members who choose to become actively involved in the political process. We give educators the information and tools needed to stay informed. By acting as our members’ advocate at the Tennessee General Assembly in both the House and Senate, as well as working with Governor Haslam, the State Department of Education, and the State Board of Education, we have made great strides in impacting education-related legislation in recent years.


As we grow in our relationships with our longtime supporters and develop/ educate potentially new supporters of Professional Educators of Tennessee, we will continue to focus on our core educational issues:

    • Governance
    • Educator Preparation, Certification, and Professional Development
    • Compensation, Benefits, and Employment
    • Curriculum, Programs, and Services
    • School Safety & Student Health
    • Education Finance
    • Teacher Consolidated Retirement System
    • Federal Education Issues

We believe in advocating in a positive manner that encourages cooperative solutions to the challenges that our educators presently face. Our Government Relations staff members work year-round to make Professional Educators of Tennessee’s legislative program become the priorities of Tennessee’s elected officials. Since PECCA has replaced collective bargaining members have the opportunity to engage in Collaborative Conferencing and participate actively in the process, having a seat at the table as representatives of the organization of their choice. These are exciting times for Professional Educators of Tennessee members! Our members' voices are being heard all across the state.

For legislative questions contact us at 615-778-0803.

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