ExcelinEd applauds Tennessee Governor Haslam for championing student achievement


Dear Friend,

Yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address, marking the sixth straight year in which he has emphasized education reform in his agenda. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd) applauds Governor Haslam for again prioritizing the needs of Tennessee students.GovHaslamQuote

Education highlights in Governor Haslam’s remarks included:

Governor Haslam also highlighted the gains that Tennessee students have made in recent years. “In Tennessee our public schools have roughly 1 million students. Since 2011, 131,000 more students are on grade-level in math and nearly 60,000 more are on grade-level in science,” he said. “For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on their ACT. Our graduation rate has increased for the third year in a row and now stands at 88 percent.”

In all, the Governor’s budget proposal adds $261 million to public education, including $104.6 million in teacher pay raises.

We are grateful for governors and legislatures around the country – like Tennessee’s – that are embracing education reform and working to build a world-class education system.

Thank you for your continued support.


J Alex

J. Alex Kelly
Vice President of Advocacy
The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Solution Areas:

College & Career Pathways, Early Literacy, Private Education Choice, School Accountability



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