Governor Haslam announced Dr. Candice McQueen as the new Tennessee Commissioner of Education. McQueen previously served as senior vice president of Lipscomb University and dean of its College of Education. McQueen has five years of classroom experience.
TEA released the following statement after Gov. Haslam’s announcement:
“TEA looks forward to working with Dr. McQueen to provide a quality public education to every student in Tennessee,” said Barbara Gray, Shelby County administrator and TEA president. “We hope she will listen to veteran educators in the state when making important policy decisions. The people who work with children in the classroom every day are the real experts and should have a significant voice in decision-making at the state level.”
“TEA is hopeful she will use this new position to forcefully advocate within the administration to improve per student investment in Tennessee,” the TEA president continued. “As a former educator herself, I’m sure she agrees that it is unacceptable for our state to rank below Mississippi in what we invest in our children.”