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The Loop
A look at the Tennessee Legislature
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WEAVER - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
Commissioned by StudentsFirst, a non-profit organization that promotes reform in public education, the well-respected polling organization, Public Opinion Strategies, conducted a statewide poll with voters of Tennessee to test attitudes about the education reform agenda passed last year in the General Assembly.The numbers reveal that Tennesseans are serious about education reform, and 54 percent believe the governor and General Assembly are taking the state in the right direction.•72 percent approve of Governor Haslam’s performance.• 63 percent of the voters approve of the job of the Legislature.•53 percent believe public schools are on the wrong track.•52 percent believe schools need “major change.” Specifically, these polls questioned voters about the agenda we passed last year on education reform.These results show similar approval ratings by voters:•Tenure Reform: Received a 75 percent positive rating.•Evaluation Reform for Teachers: Received a 72 percent approval rating.•Ending collective bargaining for unions in education received a 54 percent approval rating, including 67 percent of Republicans. So, it appears that voters believe we are headed in the right direction by placing these higher standards and performance measures in gear.With all change comes the “bumps in the road,” but the foundation is now in place that can further help aspects of society like career opportunities and economic development.It is an honor to team work with dedicated leaders in the legislature and to have a visionary governor at the helm, making Tennessee a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family.