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Tennesseans for Student Success Applauds Education Appointment

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success issued the following statement on Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education:

“Congratulations to Penny Schwinn as she is named Tennessee’s next Commissioner of Education,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Over the last eight years, Tennessee experienced historic gains in public education, and the next Commissioner will have an opportunity to continue to advance the policies that drive success for all students in Tennessee’s classrooms.”

Lister continued: “I applaud Governor-Elect Lee for this important appointment and am encouraged by the deliberative and thoughtful approach to encouraging the best people, policies, and ideas to be at the table for every student in Tennessee. Schwinn has a track record of success in, Texas as the Texas Education Agency’s chief deputy commissioner of academics, turning around struggling schools in Delaware, and as an educator working to close the achievement gap for every student. Tennesseans for Student Success is encouraged that through her leadership and with Governor-Elect Lee, advancing opportunities for all of Tennessee’s students will be a top priority and we look forward to working with her.” 

For more information on Schwinn’s appointment, please visit Governor-Elect Lee’s transition website here

Thank You, Governor Haslam

Over the past eight years, Tennessee has celebrated historic gains in public education.

ACT scores and on-time graduation rates are on the rise, more students are taking advantage of early postsecondary opportunities, Tennessee has twice been named the fastest improving state in the nation in education, and the right people, policies, and priorities are in place to make sure every student in Tennessee is ready for success in classrooms, in careers, and in life.

While there is still great work to be done, there is much to celebrate.

As Tennessee gathers this weekend to inaugurate her 50th Governor, we wanted to take a moment to offer our thanks to her 49th. We are grateful for Governor Haslam’s strong work in education for every Tennessee classroom, student, teacher, parent, administrator, and future. Will you join us in thanking Governor Haslam for his service and commitment to public education?

Weekly Update, January 7, 2019

Welcome to 2019! We hope your year is off to the right start and your Christmas season was full of good memories. If you’re looking for ways to make sure this year is the best one yet, make sure you’re following our Facebook page. We’re sharing a tip a day for success in the new year. Follow along with #31for365 and share your tips for winning the year.

Tomorrow we’ll be welcoming the 111th General Assembly. They’ll gavel in at noon, and we’ll be sure to share pictures on our social media feeds. With a new General Assembly comes new committees, new leadership, and new members. We look forward to sharing the good work happening in Tennessee’s classrooms with them all.

If you’re new to our legislative work, we wanted to take a minute and fill you in. Each week we’ll send out an email highlighting information you need, legislation that’s up for debate, or a vote that’s taking place in committee. From time to time, we’ll ask you to reach out to your elected officials and raise your voice for Tennessee’s kids.

Each session we host a Legislative Day on the Hill and invite you to come and join us for a day of speakers, committee hearings, and meetings. Mark your calendars for February 26th and make plans to join us!

We’re certain the first session of the 111th General Assembly will be a great opportunity to continue the work for every Tennessee student. We hope you’ll be a part of the efforts for continued high academic standards, fewer, but better tests, more innovation in education, and accountability for everyone in our classrooms.

We invite you to stop by our advocacy center and send a short note to your elected officials encouraging them to support Tennessee’s students. Thanks for being a part of this work with us.