In addition, teachers completed the TELL Tennessee survey two to three months prior to the end of the legislative session. The governor is wrong if he truly believes teachers aren't demoralized by what the legislature has wrought on teachers over the past three months.
I take issue with Sen. Jackson's rhetoric about ending "mandatory collective bargaining." If it were mandatory, every district in Tennessee would be required to negotiate with the teachers. Of course this is not the case as teachers in 92 of 136 districts have chosen to bargain; the rest do not do so. What Jackson is really opposed to is allowing teachers to have any choice in the matter. School reform is something that should be done with teachers, not to them. Progressive districts like Hamilton County recognize this, yet Jackson's bill would not allow Hamilton County or any other district to continue to negotiate with the majority representative of the teachers. So much for local control.