CHATTANOOGA, TN — The Hamilton County State Delegation will host an Educational Mini Summit Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM at the Volkswagen Conference Center located at Enterprise South. Tennessee Commissioner of Education, Dr. Candice McQueen, will attend the event.

Despite an investment over the years of significant public and private money and resources, the recent reports of lower than expected test results and poor teacher effectiveness has prompted the delegation to act.

“The State of Tennessee is the largest financial investor in public education,” said TN Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

“The participants in this mini summit have been carefully selected because of the role they play in the Hamilton County public education system,” added Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Lookout Valley), Chairman of the Senate K-12 Education Sub-Committee. “This isn’t just another policy discussion. This is about getting things done.”

“Teacher effectiveness is a key ingredient to student success,” said Representative Patsy Hazelwood (R-Signal Mountain), member of the House Finance committee. “We hope to better understand why almost one-third of our teachers have been rated as ineffective and what we can do to be helpful.”

“This meeting is a call to action. We are bringing together all the key stakeholders in Hamilton County for a serious discussion about where we are going and how we get there,” said Watson.

The mini summit is open to the public. There will be a press availability following the mini summit from 12:15-12:30 at the Conference Center.

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