Coalition statement on Commissioner McQueen’s service

A Commitment to Inclusion and Engagement

The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion thanks Com­mis­sion­er Can­dice McQueen for her ser­vice to Ten­nessee, for her unwa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to high expec­ta­tions for all stu­dents and for her steady lead­er­ship in sup­port of edu­ca­tors, schools, and com­mu­ni­ties. Our Equi­ty Coali­tion was hon­ored to serve as part­ners with her and her team at the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion in the craft­ing of the Tennessee’s ESSA plan. It was her dri­ve for trans­paren­cy, equi­ty and strong account­abil­i­ty that helped cre­ate a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized frame­work that places stu­dents at its cen­ter.

Com­mis­sion­er McQueen’s com­mit­ment to inclu­sion and engage­ment meant that our part­ners across the state had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to weigh in, share their expe­ri­ences, and to ask hard ques­tions and con­duct real con­ver­sa­tions with pol­i­cy­mak­ers. Ten­nessee con­tin­ues to lead the nation in inno­va­tion and improve­ment in K-12 edu­ca­tion, and that is due in no small part to Com­mis­sion­er McQueen’s lead­er­ship. We wish her suc­cess in her next chap­ter, and know that she will to con­tin­ue lead by exam­ple and to play an impor­tant role in trans­form­ing edu­ca­tion for all stu­dents.

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