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Bredesen Names ‘First to the Top’ Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, March 3, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed nine men and women to serve on the Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee established by the recently enacted Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010.

“I am grateful to the individuals willing to serve in this capacity to help move Tennessee public education forward in bold, new ways,” said Bredesen. “I am confident that with the level of experience each of these Tennesseans brings to the table, we can accomplish this goal for teachers and their students across the state.”

The 15-member committee will develop and recommend to the State Board of Education guidelines and criteria for the annual evaluation of teachers and principals, including a local-level evaluation grievance procedure. The committee consists of the Commissioner of Education as chair, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, the Chairperson of the Education Committees of each house, a K-12 public school teacher appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a K-12 public school teacher appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, and nine members appointed by the Governor. Appointments made by the Governor include three public school teachers, two public school principals, one director of a school district and three members representing other stakeholder interests.

The appointments announced by Bredesen today include:

Public School Teachers

Kenny Lou Heaton, Carter County School System

Patty T. Kiddy, McNairy County School System

Judy Stewart, Franklin County School System

Public School Principals

Jimmy Bailey, Jackson-Madison County School System

Jill Levine, Hamilton County School System

Director of a School District

Jesse Register, Metro-Nashville School System

Other Members

Mike Edwards, Knox County

Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Davidson County

Tomeka R. Hart, Shelby County

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