โ€œTeachers often ask where I stand on education. Our actions speak louder than any answer I can give: our children attended public schools. We believe in our teachers and are committed to public education. Just as we donโ€™t want Washington politicians meddling in our schools, perhaps our state politicians ought to let our local teachers and administrators take a greater role in deciding whatโ€™s best for the kids entrusted to their care.

We need to find a better balance between state guidance and local control. We need to rethink our over-reliance on high-stakes testing. And we need to develop a much better teacher evaluation model that teachers find meaningful, consistent, and fair."

Working with Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee public schools have received an additional $1.5 billion investment in K-12 education, with nearly $500 million going to teacher salaries.