SCORE Hosts Panel Discussion On Education Tuesday

Monday, April 1, 2013

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education will host a panel discussion about the state of education in Tennessee Tuesday at Lee University in the John Nichols Room at Lee University Chapel from 5-6:30 p.m. The discussion will include educators, parents, students, and community and business leaders.

Over the last several years, Tennessee has become a national leader in education reform by enacting bold policies to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and the workforce, officials said. The work of a broad range of stakeholders has helped Tennessee’s students make the most academic progress in the state’s history. Although Tennessee has experienced progress, there is more work to do to ensure that all students are prepared to compete in the global economy, officials said.  

Throughout March and April, SCORE is hosting a series of community conversations that will be focused on the work over the last year that has enabled communities to make improvements in student achievement as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist moving forward. 

SCORE’s Chief Operating Officer Sharon Roberts and a panel of community leaders will highlight the work of the community and begin to identify ways to sustain and accelerate improvements in student achievement in the future. 

Panelists will include Rick Smith, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools; Dr. Mark Griffith, superintendent, Marion County Schools; Dr. Martin Ringstaff, superintendent, Cleveland City Schools; Johnny McDaniel, superintendent, Bradley County Schools; Dr. Jared Bigham, supervising principal, Polk County Schools; Heather Byrd, instructional coach, Bradley County Schools; David Abbott, parent representative, Marion County; Dr. Patricia Jones, Department of Education chair, Tennessee Wesleyan College; Dr. Sharon Harper, CORE director, Southeast Tennessee; Hunter Bruce, student representative, Polk County Schools; Dawn Robinson, School Board member, Cleveland City Schools. 

For more information, contact Mary Cypress Howell, communications associate at SCORE, at marycypress@tnscore.org or 615.727-1545.


Early College Lays Solid Foundation To Success

Spring City native Rebecca Hilleary is a 2014 graduate of the Early College program at ChattState and has gone on to major in clinical research at Campbell University in North Carolina. She hasn’t slowed down since graduating with her associate degree in pre-health from ChattState and plans to graduate with her doctorate in pharmacy in 2020. Rebecca graduated with her associate ... (click for more)

Lee Hosts Latin American And Iberian Studies Conference

Lee University’s Department of Language & Literature hosted its sixth annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies. The purpose of the conference is to promote academic excellence among undergraduate students and to bring together students and professors from a wide variety of disciplines including languages, humanities, and history. This year, ... (click for more)

Erlanger Has Surge In Revenue; Admissions Up Over 12%

Erlanger Health System reported substantial growth in revenue and effective cost management for the third quarter. Net income from operations of $8.5 million exceeded prior year by $7 million and also exceeded budget by $1.3 million.    The health system had an 8.8 percent increase in total net revenue. Officials said the quarter generated strong EBITDA (e arnings ... (click for more)

Trenton, Ga., Woman Gets Workhouse Time, Lengthy Supervised Probation In Hit-And-Run Death Of Man On Moped

A Trenton, Ga. woman was given a four-year sentence following a lengthy hearing in the December 2012 hit-and-run death of a man in St. Elmo. Betty Mundy will serve 11 months and 29 days of the sentence in the workhouse and then be under a lengthy supervised probation, Judge Barry Steelman said.  She was charged in the death of 56-year-old David Joe Bruce. She pleaded ... (click for more)

No Tax-Supported Entity Should Get Secrecy In Spending

A shadowy situation has emerged in Chattanooga with an organization that manages millions of taxpayer dollars with no transparency and such a surprising disregard for accountability that one wonders what it would take to wake up elected officials who are supposedly in charge. Welcome to the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose lawyer threatened to sue the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Orleans Slaps History

It was balmy and relatively quiet on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. The flowers of spring were in full flush on Canal Street and, as darkness began to cloak the city, no one was aware that a cadre of police snipers was quietly setting up in a hotel parking garage across from the Liberty Place monument. Shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday morning, a number of large trucks rumbled past ... (click for more)