Governor Bill Lee has called a special legislative session, one that will be held just after state lawmakers return to work in January in order to prioritize passing bills aimed at helping schools navigate the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for the next academic year.
Lee made the call on Tuesday, announcing that the special session will begin on January 19th. It's unclear how long legislators will remain in special sessions, which allows them to focus on select legislation and expedite the normal process of passing bills.
The 112th Tennessee General Assembly, which convenes January 12th, is expected to take up multiple education bills, such as making sure teachers and students are not punished for poor standardized testing scores this year.
Lee told lawmakers Tuesday afternoon that teacher pay increases could be considered during the session, something the governor called for earlier this year before the pandemic resulted in most new spending being cut from the 2020-2021 budget.