Statewide group identifies three areas of focus for education policy ahead of legislative session
The Statewide Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) - a nonprofit issue advocacy group chaired by former U.S. Senator Bill Frist - today released a list of key education priorities they believe the Tennessee General Assembly should focus on when they return to session in January.
The group focused on three key areas they say merit policy attention. These include advancing high-quality instruction for every student, addressing the decline in the state's college-going rate, and ensuring Tennessee schools prepare students for work.
“This year, SCORE is zooming in on the connection between learning and work — and sounding the alarm that we can and must do better in strengthening this connection for students,” said SCORE President and CEO David Mansouri. “As we look to 2023, SCORE is calling on policymakers, educators, business leaders, and communities to reimagine the education-to-work pathway in Tennessee. It is time for schools, colleges, and industry to work together comprehensively so that every Tennessee student is ready for a career that enables economic independence.”
For his part, former Senator Frist said the state has made some progress, but has more work to do when it comes to improving education.
“Tennessee has taken bold steps to improve student success and workforce opportunity over the years, but we have more work to do,” Frist said. “To be successful in careers and to contribute to Tennessee’s economic boom, students need to have the tools, resources, and knowledge to succeed on the job — yet not enough of our policies and investments have focused on this connection between education and work.”
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