Sanderson speaks with retired teachers
Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 8:03 pm
The November meeting of the Obion County-Union City Retired Teachers Association was held at the Obion County Museum in Union City.
President Alice Fennel called the meeting to order and then lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A thank-you letter was read by Mary Dunavant from Reelfoot Rural Ministry. Gloria Howell gave the treasurer’s report.
State Rep. Bill Sanderson was the guest speaker. He shared a story about his great-grandmother, Zula Ball, and how she helped inspire and shape his life.
He told about the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System and reported the plan is over 90 percent funded and currently has assets of over $32 billion. He explained state treasurer David Lillard and his staff are responsible for administering the TCRS funds.
Sanderson was questioned about the current evaluation process. He reported a summer study committee had agreed to allow observers to conduct two required observations during a single classroom visit. Sanderson said, his main concern is seeing Tennessee has the best educational system in the nation.
“Unfortunately our current process of accessing education and teachers is a nationwide evaluation test.”
He also welcomed the advice and suggestions from the group. “Everything is on the table and we all have the same goal, but 43rd in the nation is just not acceptable,” he said.
Following the question-and-answer session, Sanderson was treated to coffee and refreshments. Hostesses for the meeting were Maggie Vaughan, Mrs. Fennel and Mrs. Dunavant.
Published in The Messenger 11.28.11