Bill Would Privatize Hiring of Substitute Teachers

Legislation that would allow private companies to provide substitute teachers for Tennessee schools was approved by the House Education Committee on Tuesday.
Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, said some school systems are already turning over substitute teacher operations to private companies – he did not know which ones — but state law is actually unclear on the subject.
Some out-of-state firms are looking at moving into Tennessee to provide the service, he said, and want a bill passed to clarify that it is legal. School boards could negotiate contracts on company duties, deciding whether the private contractor is paid a flat rate or a fee for each substitute teacher provide.
The only objection to the bill, HB1829, came from Rep. Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, who characterized it as “privatizing substitute teachers” and diminishing public control over public schools.

One thought on “Bill Would Privatize Hiring of Substitute Teachers

  1. Valerie

    I am a substitute teacher for Knox County. I have worked for them for six years.I only work for three schools in the county and they keep me busy. I can work everyday if I want to. The teachers I sub for know and trust me. They call me themselves and ask me to cover there position if they need to be out.This works even better than putting me on the preferred list with AESOP. Because that system has a lot of kinks in it.Involving people who don’t even have anything to due with the school system is ridiculous.

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