As the num­ber of stu­dents of col­or in Ten­nessee pub­lic schools con­tin­ues to grow, pol­i­cy­mak­ers must pay spe­cial atten­tion to the unique set of chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties many of the­se stu­dents face. The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion holds a unique posi­tion to advo­cate for such stu­dents since it rep­re­sents a diverse group of com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, par­ents, edu­ca­tors, and oth­er edu­ca­tion advo­cates across the state.

Research-based prac­tices that could yield promis­ing results in help­ing close the achieve­ment gap for his­tor­i­cal­ly under­served stu­dents in Ten­nessee must also guide this group’s work. SCORE is com­mit­ted to help­ing the Coali­tion iden­ti­fy an agen­da that out­li­nes action­able pol­i­cy levers for edu­ca­tion stake­hold­ers in the next year. The­se actions could help dri­ve the advo­ca­cy efforts of Coali­tion mem­bers by pro­vid­ing a shared frame­work for pol­i­cy pri­or­i­ties.

Click here for a detailed sum­ma­ry of the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coalition’s 2016 Pol­i­cy Agen­da.

Pre­pared for Conex­ión Améri­c­as by Indi­ra Dammu, Pol­i­cy Ana­lyst at SCORE.