U.S. Secretary of Education to Join Haslam on Education Reform Panel Discussion

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Gov. Bill Haslam will participate in a forum on education reform Monday at Knoxville’s West High School, a spokesman for the governor said today.
Haslam and Duncan will be on a panel with state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and state Sen. Jamie Woodson, who has announced plans to resign her Senate seat to become president of State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a group founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to promote education improvements.
Knox County School Superintendent James P. McIntyre will serve as moderator of the panel discussion, according to David Smith, press secretary to Haslam.
Smith said students and their parents will also be on hand for the event, which follows adjournment of a session of the Tennessee Legislature where several education laws were transformed.
Among them were Haslam-pushed measures to change teacher tenure laws and to open the door for more charter schools in Tennessee. The governor also signed a bill, initiated by legislative Republicans, to end the current system of collective bargaining between teacher unions and school boards, creating instead a system of “collaborative conferencing.”

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  1. Eric Holcombe

    Let the Trough payoffs begin.
    Arne has to come to town to remind all us hillbillies that the Common Core State Standards aren’t a federal government idea and that Phil Bredesen and 47 other governors all just simultaneously decided our states needed the exact same thing…oh, and without asking you.

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