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Bredesen, Frist Wrap Up Education Campaign Launch in Memphis

State of Tennessee Press Release; July 21, 2010:

New First to Top Coalition to Raise Standards Awareness

NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this week are launching the First to the Top Coalition, a statewide alliance of more than 30 business, community and education groups joining together to support public education reform in Tennessee. The campaign is focused 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 coalition and campaign launch will conclude in Memphis on Thursday, July 22 at 11 a.m. Central Time. Joining Governor Bredesen and Senator Frist will be state and local education leaders including Memphis City School Board Commissioner Tomeka Hart and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton. The media and public are invited to attend.

WHO: Governor Phil Bredesen

Senator Bill Frist, SCORE

AC Wharton, Mayor of Memphis

Tomeka Hart, Memphis City School Board Commissioner

WHAT: First to the Top Coalition Campaign Launch

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2010

11 a.m. CDT (set up at 10:45 a.m.)

WHERE: University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center

330 Innovation Drive

Memphis, TN 38152

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