SCORE Hosts Panel Discussion On Education Tuesday

Monday, April 01, 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.


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