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Tennesseans for Student Success to Invest Heavily During 2016 Campaign Season

Topping to Lead Efforts

NASHVILLE – Committed to improving student achievement in Tennessee’s classrooms, Tennesseans for Student Success today announced its intent to spend more than half a million dollars this year on an aggressive ground, air, and data operation to support the policies that have led Tennessee to become the fastest improving state in the nation in education.

Every child in in this state deserves access to a top-notch Tennessee public education and parents, deserve to know how their elected officials protect, support, and champion student success at the state capitol,” said President Adam Lister. Lister continued, “The 109th General Assembly fought for more choice in education, higher teacher pay, fewer, better assessments for our students, greater transparency, and high academic standards. As we look to the next two years and the opportunities to advance Tennessee’s historic gains in student achievement, it is imperative we keep the focus on making sure every student in Tennessee is prepared for success.”

To lead the way, Tennesseans for Student Success welcomes campaign veteran David Topping. Topping, who will serve as field director for the organization, has managed campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, is experienced in grassroots, coalition, and campaign leadership. David joins Tennesseans for Student Success having most recently served the state of Tennessee in Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office. Prior to that, he served in a leadership post on Rep. Martha Roby’s successful congressional re-election campaign in Alabama as well as Research Director at the Tennessee Republican Party. His knowledge of the issues important to Tennesseans will be an asset as he leads education reform efforts on the ground in the Volunteer State.

Topping: “Tennessee is a special place and I look forward to getting on the ground in support of Tennessee’s students, parents, and teachers. The gains we’ve made in education are impressive and we owe it to every student in this state to make sure we protect those gains. As Tennessee’s students, and their parents, look past success in the classroom to success in the next steps in their lives, we need every voice involved in the classroom and the community to speak up for Tennessee’s kids.

Lister: “David’s unique skill set and dedication to the Volunteer State will serve our students, teachers, and classroom advocates well. I am looking forward to having him, and his team, out in the field to build long-lasting relationships across the state leading to strong volunteer and grassroots voices.


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