Tennesseans Invited to TISA Public Rulemaking Hearing to Respond to Proposed Rules
Public Invited to Provide Public Comment; Livestream Option Available
Nashville, TN — Today, the Tennessee Department of Education invites all Tennesseans to a public rulemaking hearing to respond to the proposed rules for the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) Act. The hearing will take place on Thursday, July 28th from 9 a.m. CT - 12 noon CT in Nashville, TN, and a livestream option will be available for attendees statewide to participate virtually.
TISA Public Rulemaking Hearing Details:
Location: Ellington Agricultural Center, Ed Jones Auditorium
416 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37220
Date: Thursday, July 28 from 9 a.m. CT – 12 noon CT
Virtual Options: Access the Microsoft Teams Livestream here. Attendees can also dial in via phone by calling: +1 615-270-9704; conf id: 442 791 926#.
RSVP: Attendees should RSVP by completing this online form by Monday, July 25th.
*Members of the media are invited to attend. There will be no media availability. Media should RSVP by e-mail to Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov.
“Thank you to the thousands of Tennesseans, including our legislators, districts, schools, educators, families, and students, that have continued to stay engaged throughout this process,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “I am thrilled by the level of engagement we have received on the proposed rules so far, and I encourage and invite all Tennesseans to attend this public hearing to share feedback and comments as we move forward and prepare to implement the TISA.”
Attendees of the TISA public rulemaking hearing that wish to provide a public comment will each be given three minutes to provide their comment verbally in-person or virtually, time permitting.
Additionally, the department will continue to accept written public comment on the proposed rules for the TISA Act through August 2, 2022. Comments should be e-mailed to Tisa.Rules@tn.gov or mailed to the following address:
Tennessee Department of Education, Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243
ATTN: TISA Rules
On Monday, June 6th, the department released the proposed rules to implement the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) Act. Informed by input from a variety of stakeholders—parents, educators, superintendents, and business and community leaders— all Tennesseans are now encouraged to submit public comment on the proposed rules by Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
The TISA Act specifically requires rulemaking in certain areas to further flesh out the law, define terms, and establish processes and procedures for funding disbursements. In alignment with the funding review engagement process, which generated over 1,000 comments, the department will collect public feedback and input that will strengthen the proposed rules that will accompany the statute and ensure its alignment as the state transitions to a student-centered K-12 public education funding formula.
On April 28, 2022, the TISA Act was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on May 2, 2022. Through the passage of the TISA Act, Tennessee’s K-12 public schools will now transition to a student-based funding approach and invest an estimated $9 billion in education funding for the state, including state and local funds, which includes an additional recurring state investment of $1 billion starting in the 2023-24 school year. The TISA will empower each student to read proficiently by third grade, prepare each high school graduate for postsecondary success, and provide resources needed for all students to ensure they succeed.
To learn more about the TISA and access additional resources, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s website. For Tennessee Department of Education media inquiries, contact Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov.