Currently, Tennessee ranks 36th in K-12 Education and 14th in teacher pay, with a huge disparity in pay between rural and urban teachers. And, although the state of Tennessee has increased its graduation rate for high school students, Hamilton County schools still fall behind the state's average. In order for District 26 to compete in a new global economy, we must ensure our children are receiving the best education right here at home.

  • Educating tomorrow’s workforce

    • By 2025 more than 55% of Tennessee jobs will require a degree or certification beyond high school diplomas.

    • Work with local businesses and unions to help produce those pursuing trade careers

  • In Tennessee, the General Assembly has set a goal for 55 percent of our population to have a degree or certification above a high school diploma by 2025. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to make sure that our resources are used as efficiently as possible to ensure students do not have too large of an obstacle to overcome while pursuing higher education. Our already exceptional teachers and administrators deserve to be heard and adequately compensated for their curation of Tennessee’s future generation.

  • Teacher support

    • Improve teacher preparation

    • Continue commitment to a multiple-measure teacher evaluation system

    • Improve teacher compensation

    • Empower teachers through stronger professional learning and expanded leadership opportunities

    • Build strong school leadership pipeline

    • Provide stability for educators regarding assessment, accountability, and academic standards

  • Although our state has made exceptional strides to improve teacher compensation over the years, it has not been implemented equitably between rural and urban areas. Because of this, teachers are unable to consistently meet classroom standards.  It is imperative that our educators in all districts are allotted the necessary and proper resources to ensure student achievement. The teacher is one of the single most influential factors in determining the long-term success of our students in both their academic lives and careers. Rural students and schools are hit hardest by the disparity in teacher wages as teachers flee for higher paying jobs in more adequately funded school districts with higher quality resources.

  • Strong academic standards

  • I finished at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which is an exceptional academic collegiate staple in our community. I also understand that a four-year degree is not indicative of a capable and experienced worker. I have witnessed this first hand. Through the completion of technical school my son was able to develop a skill that would allow him to earn an income. Expansion of technical programs will maximize the potential for all of our diverse and intelligent students to succeed.