Wilson Co. teachers, community supporters rally in Lebanon
LEBANON, Tenn. – Dozens of Wilson County teachers and community supporters protested on the square in Lebanon Thursday.
The teachers are against education bills winding through the state legislation that say target their rights.
Wilson County teacher Cathey Roberts told Nashville's News 2, "I am an educator, I have two students in school and my husband's been deployed three times overseas. I'm not going to sit and do nothing when I feel passionately about it."
"My son is a senior at Lebanon High School and the teachers have been real good to him and they need to be paid appropriately and have the right to bargain for what they want," Wilson County resident Mark Waters added.
Resident Beverly Sweeton said, "The war and miss-use of funds, it's just pathetic, but teachers are not the problem and we should support them because they are part of our economy."
Despite rallies like Thursday's, the state Senate voted to pass a measure that would require teachers to be on the job for five years instead of three to get tenure.
Tenure could also be revoked for poor performance under the measure.
Another proposed bill would strip collective bargaining rights from the teacher's union.
Educators are calling on citizens to contact their local elected officials and ask them to vote "No" on the education bills.