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Educators: What should the next governor of Tennessee know about your schools?

English teacher Deion Jordan speaks with Crosstown High School’s inaugural ninth grade class on the first day of school.
Teacher Deion Jordan speaks with Crosstown High School's inaugural ninth grade class on the first day of school. He will now serve as the director of competencies at the school.
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Calling all Tennessee educators: What would you tell Gov.-elect Bill Lee about your classroom?

Lee, who won decisively on Tuesday over Democrat Karl Dean, will take office in January with a new administration and the chance to shape Tennessee education.

His critical early decisions will include picking his education commissioner, developing his first budget for schools, and mapping out a legislative strategy for policy priorities affecting school communities statewide. He has run a 1,200-employee company, and touted his outsider perspective during the campaign, having never held office previously. Now, he will need to surround himself with and listen to folks knowledgeable on state education.

That’s where you all come in. Educators are on the ground in Tennessee classrooms every day. So, as Lee prepares to become the state’s leader, what should he know?

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