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They teach. They heal. They care. They protect.
We depend on our public servants. Now they can depend on us too.
During the school year, many students spend more time interacting with their teachers than they do with their own parents. These educators are responsible for our future generations—a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. By increasing and implementing a minimum salary for public school teachers, we can make education a competitive job market, raising the bar for both our teachers and our students. Educators who agree to spend their first 10 years of teaching in public schools will be eligible to have their relevant master’s or doctoral program paid for when the program is part of a public college, minority-serving institution, or Historically Black College or University.
Across Tennessee, hospitals are closing, and our rural communities are among those most impacted. By creating programs that incentivize service in these areas, we can build a healthcare system that serves all Tennesseans. Healthcare workers who agree to spend their first 10 years of practice providing care to those in rural communities or within the Medicare For All system will be eligible to have their relevant educational program paid for when the program is part of a public college, minority-serving institution, or Historically Black College or University.
Strengthening Social Work
Social workers make sure the most vulnerable Americans don’t fall through the cracks, but they continue to be underpaid and overworked while often being exposed to traumas and physical dangers at a much higher rate than people in other professions. By implementing an increased minimum salary for public-sector social workers and improving safety and support in their workplaces, we can protect and empower them. Those who agree to spend their first 10 years of social work in the public sector are eligible to have their relevant master’s or doctoral program paid for when the program is part of a public college, minority-serving institution, or Historically Black College or University.
Championing Child Care
We trust childcare providers with our children, but we don’t provide them with the tools they need to truly serve our children well. By making child care accessible to everyone, and by making sure every childcare center and teacher meets the same high standards, we can provide safe and nurturing environments with highly skilled and certified caregivers. When school is not in session, every school-aged child would have the opportunity to attend a free, teacher-led summer enrichment program with themes and activities that interest them.
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