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Don Sundquist on Education

Former Republican TN Governor


Invest more in teachers and in early education

    A RAND report found that Tennessee isnít doing as well as other states in student achievement and performance goals because weíve only invested in one of three essential ingredients. Those three essential ingredients are:
  1. Reducing class size, which we are doing.
  2. Early childhood education, which we do very little of.
  3. Investing in teachers, which we need to do more of.
Itís time for us to make significant investments in each of these areas.
Source: State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

We test students & rate schools; now invest in reading

In 1992, the Education Improvement Act, put in place a system of testing and assessment that has made Tennessee a national leader. Thanks to those assessments, we know exactly how our children are doing in school.

Last fall, for the first time, we posted school report cards on the web. You can log on and see test scores and gains for every public school in the state.

With all this knowledge in hand, and with the results of a literacy report commissioned by this body, now we know that itís time to focus on reading in Tennessee. We know from test scores that our children canít read as well as they should. We donít want our legacy to be that we failed to solve our problems. We donít want our legacy to be that we passed them on to the next generation because we didnít have the courage to make the difficult choices. We must invest more in education and expect more in return.

Source: State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

Invest in teachers: scholarships, mentors, merit pay

Source: State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

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