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February 21, 2009

Frist launches K-12 education initiative

Lucas Johnson II:

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist today launched a grassroots initiative aimed at reforming K-12 education in Tennessee, saying he hopes to ensure that "every child graduates from high school prepared for college or a career."

Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, was among those who joined the Tennessee Republican in announcing the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education at Fall Hamilton Elementary School in Nashville.

Frist said the "citizen-led" initiative will have three main components, including a steering committee that will hold 10 public meetings and ultimately produce a strategic plan for state education reform.

Frist, who announced last month that he won't be running for governor in 2010, said the committee will be composed of education, community, political and business leaders from across the state. He said the idea is to find what education practices are effective and build upon them.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 21, 2009 3:11 AM
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