Tenn. Ed. commissioner stresses teachers are ‘valued’

Candice McQueen (source: State of Tennessee)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is making sure teachers’ voices are heard.

The state’s teachers say it’s a refreshing contrast to her predecessor, Kevin Huffman. He left the state Education Department under fire last year for his aggressive approach to education reform.

He was especially criticized for how he handled teachers, especially when he tried to tie their licenses to standardized test scores.

McQueen says she wants teachers to help determine how the state measures their performance.

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