January 23, 2019
Last week was a big week in education in Tennessee!
In case you missed last week’s news, we wanted to make sure you’d seen our announcement regarding Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education. Here it is in full:
“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.” As well, Tennessee welcomed her 50th Governor over the weekend, and we’re excited to help welcome him to office. We appreciate all of you who have signed up in our advocacy center to help raise your voices for student success. We’ve got another letter for you to sign – head over to our volunteer portal and help us encourage Governor Lee to continue the work for every student in Tennessee.