"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Petition Demands Haslam Choose an Educator as New TN Commish

Haslam's army of TFA cult members are combing the Broad Foundation databases in search of someone with as little education knowledge, leadership, and social skills as Kevin Huffman.  Inside reports indicate no luck yet. 
Meanwhile, a petition is circulating urging Huffman to do what neither ideology nor politics tells him do:
We stand with Tennessee Strong, a network of education advocacy groups from across the State of Tennessee, and ask that you appoint a Commissioner of Education who exhibits transparency, inclusiveness, and open communication with all stakeholders in Tennessee. It is imperative that the next Commissioner of Education work openly with teachers, school leaders, parents, students, and communities to improve public education across the state. We ask that the next Commissioner appointed be a certified Tennessee public school teacher, with a minimum of 10 years experience including experience in the classroom, from a TN public school. 
The next Commissioner must focus on the critical work of creating a culture of open communication around all educational policy and potential education reform. The Commissioner should implement policies that foster the physical, behavioral, emotional, psychological, and educational well-being of all students in Tennessee. 
The ideal candidate for Commissioner will be proactive in promoting community schools and wrap-around services for all students and will strive to improve the morale and working conditions of Tennessee teachers. These taxpayers, parents, teachers, and community leaders in Tennessee respectfully ask you to appoint a Commissioner of Education who will strive for excellent public schools for every child in Tennessee.

Tennessee Strong includes:
Advocates for Change in Education (Hamilton County)
Concerned Parents of Franklin County (Franklin County)
Decoding Dyslexia Tennnessee (Statewide)
Friends of Oak Ridge Schools (City of Oak Ridge Schools)
Momma Bears (Statewide)
Parents of Wilson County (Wilson County)
SPEAK-Students, Parents, and Educators Across Knox County (Knox County)
Strong Schools (Sumner County)
Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence/ TREE (Statewide)
TNBATs (State branch of National BATs)
Williamson Strong (Williamson County)

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