Letter From The Editor As you are probably already aware, 2018 is a big campaign year in Tennessee politics. Besides the usual assortment of state Senate and House seats, this year we vote for a new governor. With Governor Haslam having reached the end of his term limit, the governorship is now up for grabs. We are proud to have met and spoken with each of the eight frontrunner candidates, and all agreed to submit answers to our questionnaire. In addition, Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen both contributed to this special section spotlighting the gubernatorial race and what it could mean for education. In a happy instance of serendipity, we were also asked to partner on the 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on Education, which will be televised live on January 23rd at 7:00PM. In this issue we also highlight some other new partnerships and initiatives. On page 6 you can read Ms. Holmes’s story of how she was able to secure full funding for her DonorsChoose.org classroom project thanks to a grant from AMBA & ProEd TN. Flip to page 50 to learn more about The Polk Foundation and its support of the TN Star Constitution Project and the 917 Society’s mission to supply every 8th grader with their own copy of the US Constitution. Following the Gubernatorial Candidate Special Section, read up on what is currently happening in the education policy arena. Representative Jay Reedy shares his views on the problem of sexual misconduct by educators, especially timely in the wake of the recent report from OREA and the TN State Board of Education’s efforts to revamp their disciplinary rules, which is delved into on the following page by Board member Allison Chancey. Executive Director JC Bowman offers insight on the federal-level issues of national school food programs and a SCOTUS case being heard in February that may have ramifications for teacher associations nationwide. Join the Advocacy email list to stay up-to-date on legislative developments thoughout the coming months. We love to hear from you too! Call, email, or come by the Nashville office to see us. Stay warm this winter! Audrey Shores, ProEd COO TREND The Official Publication of Professional Educators of Tennessee JC Bowman, Executive Editor Audrey Shores, Editor P ro E d BOARD S tate O fficers C athy K olb , P resident T im C hilders , V ice P resident K arolyn M arino , S ecretary K im B levins , T reasurer B oard M embers N atalie B each D ewey E squinance A ngela M arkum K aren S troud P enny S utton P ro E d STAFF JC B owman , E xecutive D irector A udrey S hores , COO M ike S heppard , A ssociate E xec . D irector B ethany B owman D ir . of P rofessional L earning K aren S troud M ember S ervices C oordinator B o C arr , M ember B enefits R epresentative A shley B asak , A dministrative A ssistant Trend (ISSN #10) is electronically published quarterly in fall, winter, spring and summer with a focus on the Issues, Ideas and People shaping education in Tennessee. We advance the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. There is no attempt to influence any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. The opinions expressed in this publication represent the beliefs, views or attitudes of the contributor whose name appears in the article and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of Professional Educators of Tennessee or our members. Subscription rates are included in membership dues for members of the association; non-members may secure an online version of the current online magazine for $25 a year. Trend may contain paid advertising contracted for/by the Association. Advertising rates may be obtained by sending a written request, either to the address listed below or by email. Professional Educators of Tennessee reserves the right to refuse advertising contrary to its purpose. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint, in whole or in part, without permission is prohibited. Permission will customarily be granted if the author and the association are properly cited.