The coalition is a statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee that supports high academic standards in public education. As of January of this year, over 150 organizations have become a part of this group.
The primary goal of the coalition is to build both statewide and local support and awareness of Tennessee’s efforts to raise the bar in the classroom so that every student graduates high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
One major shift that has been witnessed in Tennessee is the push for Common Core State Standards. These are a set of standards in math and English that were developed by state leaders to ensure that every student graduates high school prepared for the future. To date, 47 states, including Tennessee, have voluntarily committed to this new emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.
Dr. Wanda Shelton, director of schools, expressed how proud she was to be a part of this group.
“As we move to the new Common Core State Standards, we realize that we must expect that all of our children have to be both college and career ready,” she stated. “To do that, we must have both business and community support and involvement. This program allows all of us to support and encourage our community’s children.”
Since the system is now a coalition member, she informed the board that a link has been placed on the system’s website for parents to learn more about common core and this coalition.
In other business, the board approved a bid amount of $89,249 per bus by Central State Bus Sales for two 78-passenger buses. The action also saw the board rejecting a higher bid for a 66-passenger bus.
A motion was also approved to rebid the roofing project at Lincoln County High School due to bid discrepancies.