Join The Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy for an inside look at the state legislature with Former State Representative Gloria Johnson. Gloria will speak about her own experience in politics and discuss the role that outside experts, such as scientists, can play in the legislative process. She will also offer tips for communicating with policy makers and advice to students thinking about careers in policy.
Meet the Speaker:
We are extremely excited to welcome former Representative Gloria Johnson, a retired Knox County school teacher with 27 years experience educating special needs children, represented District 13 in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2012-2014.
Carried to victory in 2012 by fighting for Democratic values and tapping the energy of grassroots citizens, Gloria won the respect of her colleagues and the admiration of families across the state. Her first year in office was a busy one. Gloria’s freshman efforts — advocating for Community Schools, teachers, women’s healthcare, good-paying jobs and protections for mountains — prompted a Knoxville paper to say, “she’s considered by her party’s leaders to be one of the best freshmen legislators in modern memory.”
Despite the massive special interest push in Tennessee for Charters and Vouchers, Gloria sponsored Community Schools legislation that passed overwhelmingly in 2014, based on the Community Schools in her own district in Knoxville. This model is currently in development for schools in both Chattanooga and Memphis. She is now working with legislators in Georgia and several states to assist them in passing Community Schools legislation.