Haslam: Republicans Like Teachers

Gov. Bill Haslam discounted recent criticism that Republicans do not like teachers in a speech reported by the Daily News Journal, saying “that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Haslam made the comment at Saturday night’s annual Rutherford County Reagan Day Dinner, a fundraiser for the local Republican Party, held at the Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro.
“We want to help the teachers that are doing great things, and the ones that aren’t we would encourage to seek other professions,” he said, later referencing that teachers who receive two years of incompetent teaching marks should not be in front of our students.
Honored speakers for the Reagan Day event included Haslam and Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. Haslam, who will celebrate 50 days in office today, addressed the dinner more than 100 attendees, including government officials, community leaders and citizens, saying that he wants to focus on three issues: the budget, education and jobs.

Further, The Tennessean reports as part of a political notebook that Chambers of Commerce in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville are all endorsing Haslam’s proposal to put new limitations on teacher tenure. And he’s scheduled to speak to the Nashville chamber on Tuesday.

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