Statement from Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of Students First; April 3, 2013:
“StudentsFirst and our 37,000 members across the state are extremely supportive of providing low-income kids trapped in failing schools access to the quality education they deserve. Unfortunately today, adults could not agree on how to move forward to serve Tennessee’s most vulnerable communities,” stated Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst. “I encourage our legislators to come together, and put the interests of students first.”
StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what’s best for students. Today, too many of America’s children are not getting the quality education they need and deserve. StudentsFirst is helping to change that with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. We are working to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids’ lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child’s education, and our tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 18 states, and our movement continues to grow. For more information visit www.studentsfirst.org.