Press Release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives, April, 5, 2011:
Visionary Leader Takes Reins at Department of Education, Will Help Enact Reforms That Lead to Job Growth
(April 5, 2011, NASHVILLE) – On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam swore in his pick to guide Tennessee’s Department of Education, Kevin Huffman. As the new Commissioner of Education, Huffman is tasked with guiding and implementing the much-needed reforms that are at the heart of the education initiatives moving through the General Assembly.
Following the swearing in ceremony, leaders of the House of Representatives released statements applauding Commissioner Huffman taking the reins at the Department of Education.
Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) stated, “I am looking forward to working with Commissioner Huffman to ensure Tennessee students have every opportunity at their fingertips and every classroom has a great teacher at the helm. Kevin Huffman’s background of strong reform will build on the momentum we currently have here to make our schools even better. Strong schools lead to job growth and prepare the next generation for our global economy.”
House Education Chairman Richard Montgomery (R–Sevierville) said, “I look forward to working with Commissioner Huffman over the coming years to enact an agenda that is both visionary and attainable. Raising the standards for student achievement and teacher excellence are laudable goals and I am confident we will reach them.”
House Education Subcommittee Chairman Dr. Joey Hensley (Hohenwald–R) remarked, “Governor Haslam took his time to find a strong, qualified candidate to lead education reforms in Tennessee. He found that person in Kevin Huffman. He has a strong track record of reform and will be a key leader for revolutionizing Tennessee’s education system.”