Press Release from the Office of Gov. Phil Bredesen, July 16, 2010:
Bredesen, Webb, Frist launch education campaign; New First to the Top coalition to raise standards awareness
NASHVILLE – Gov. Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Tim Webb will help launch a new statewide public-awareness campaign led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the new First to the Top Coalition, an alliance of more than 30 business, community and education organizations. The campaign will focus on raising awareness among parents about the effects that Tennessee’s new and higher academic standards may have on student test scores, which are set to be released in September.
The campaign launch runs Tuesday, July 20, through Thursday, July 22, with regional news conferences in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. Joining the regional events will be state and local education leaders including: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, and Memphis City School Board Commissioner Tomeka Hart and others. The media and public are invited to attend.
- Tuesday, July 20, 11 a.m. CDT (media set up at 10:45 a.m.), Rose Park Middle Math and Science Magnet, 1025 Ninth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
- Wednesday, July 21 2:30 p.m. EDT (set up at 2:15 p.m.), Holston Middle School, 600 Chilhowee Drive, Knoxville, TN 37924
- Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. CDT (set up at 10:45 a.m.), University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive, Memphis, TN 38152