| Oct 29, 2013
Guest post by Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst
On a global scale, our country is falling behind in education. According to the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science study
(2011), only 7 percent of students in the United States reached the advanced level in eighth-grade math, in contrast to over 45 percent in other countries. As jobs of the future global economy continue to emphasize math and science competences, this lag among American students should sound alarms.
Despite these grim statistics, Tennessee has set itself apart from the rest of the country by coming together in a bipartisan manner to pursue meaningful reforms.
I firmly believe that strong public school systems are the pulse of every prosperous state economy. They attract businesses and allow local markets to remain competitive on a national and international scale. Moreover, high-quality schools are also responsible for preparing our students for college and entry into the workforce.
Simply put, education is a pathway to spurring economic growth and creating jobs.
This is why our legislators, business leaders and parents have worked so hard to improve public education in the state. While Tennesseans have every right to feel proud of the academic progress that has been ...