State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has said in a letter that he supports teachers but that teachers unions “are in the business of protecting membership and power, not serving the best interests of students or the teachers they represent.”
Tracy also said teachers are receiving misinformation about some of the current proposals.
Tracy released the letter after news stories quoting his comments from a recent committee meeting. Gov. Bill Haslam’s first legislative agenda includes proposals to make it more difficult for teachers to gain tenure.
“This is not at all about pointing fingers at the teachers,” Haslam said. “It’s about raising standards for all of us.”
The governor said he’s not taking a position on a bill that would eliminate teachers’ collective bargaining rights that was advanced to a full Senate vote earlier this week.