Group will advocate for quality early ed. policies as key to learning, communities
Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady has joined a growing statewide coalition of municipal and county mayors in support of the advancement of early education as a priority to address deficient reading and math scores for most third-grade students in Tennessee’s public schools. Brady joins nearly 100 Tennessee mayors as part of Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE), a statewide, bipartisan advocacy organization.
“We can and must do a better job of educating young Tennesseans in the critical early years of learning to set the stage for success in middle school, high school and beyond,” said TQEE Executive Director Mike Carpenter.
With a new governor and large turnover in the state legislature because of retirements, the Mayors’ Coalition wants to ensure that new policymakers continue current early education investments and expand programs and policies proving to be successful. The coalition believes the state has made significant progress in improving student outcomes, but that there is much more to do to elevate Tennessee’s citizens and communities.
“I strongly urge our governor and legislature to continue to promote early literacy with proven efforts like Read 2 B Ready,” said Carpenter. “I believe this program helps our young children to establish a firm foundation for their education journey. I believe we need to continue to improve the quality and expand pre-kindergarten programs across the state and support our teachers with quality training and coaching.”