State education head releases four-priorities strategic plan

Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:08pm
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The Tennessee Department Education on Friday released Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s strategic plan, outlining the department’s four strategic priorities for supporting districts in reaching their academic goals.

They include expanding students’ access to effective teachers and leaders, expanding families’ access to good schools, expanding educators’ access to resources and best practices and expanding public access to information and data.

In the release, Huffman said undergirding each of the priorities is the commitment to structure an effective state agency that serves as a support system to school districts, rather than a regulator, while allowing for policies that remove bureaucracy and foster innovation. In every priority, the department will focus on improvement in rural schools and reducing racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.

“Everything we do in this department should be focused on making sure Tennessee kids learn more every day, and Tennessee educators are supported in the important work that they do,” Huffman said. “The goals we set out in Race to the Top are our department’s goals, and we will work diligently to become the fastest-improving state in the nation.” 

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