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– Governor Lee announced his Future Workforce Initiative. From Chalkbeat: His proposal would launch new STEM-focused career and technical education programs at 100 middle schools and would triple the state’s number of STEM-designated public schools by 2022.

– We announced our 5th priority, ensuring economic freedom for all. From Columbia Daily Herald: “We will focus on protecting the opportunity of economic freedom for all Tennesseans through investment in expanded dual enrollment, work-based learning opportunities, technical training and other strategies to increase the number students who can access, afford and complete a post-secondary credential or degree,” Lister said in the recent announcement.

– A renewed focus on Career and Technical Education is offering opportunities for success for more and more of Tennessee’s students. From EducationNext: A cornerstone of the effort is a plan to improve CTE, since many new jobs would require a credential, training, or certification, but only half would necessitate college degrees. The state began evaluating existing CTE programs, expanding work-based learning opportunities, and developing new pathways in consultation with business and industry.

Stay tuned for upcoming legislation information and a recap of Governor Lee’s first State of the State. We are excited to learn about the ways Governor Lee plans to improve education!