State and US Leaders gathered in Nashville to talk about education in Tennessee. Governor Bill Haslam, State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and US Education Secretary Arne Duncan met with rural school administrators.
Earlier this week, Duncan announced the Obama administration is giving states the option of a waiver on the No Child Left Behind Law. To get a waiver, states have to agree to education reforms the white house approves of such as tougher teacher evaluations.
Last month, Governor Haslam asked for a waiver for Tennessee.
Senator Bob Corker was in Jefferson County on Wednesday. He told 10News what he thought about the state's request for the waiver. "When we do things at the federal level, we sort of do it on a one-size-fits-all basis, and a lot of times, most times, state governments are much better at carrying out more tailored efforts toward things like eduction. So I think we should let Gov. Haslam and the general assembly do the things they are the most beneficial to the students of this state," said Corker.
Senator Corker said he signed a letter to the Department of Education asking them to give Governor Haslam and the General Assembly the flexibility they need.