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State rep to sit on ‘Race to the Top’ committee

State rep to sit on ‘Race to the Top’ committee
Nashville – State Rep. Mark Maddox will join 13 others across the state for the Tennessee First to The Top Advisory Council.
Maddox was chosen by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve as a board member.
The broad-based group of Tennesseans and national experts will provide strategic guidance, direction, and thought leadership to state policymakers overseeing Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Tennessee’s education agenda has accelerated in recent years because of the shared commitment to improving education that has been developed among stakeholders including teachers, administrators, business leaders, philanthropy, and advocacy groups,” said Bredesen.
“They play a vital role in helping Tennessee carry out the vision of a world-class public education system that prepares students for college, career, and life in the 21st century. The ongoing involvement of the groups represented by the First to the Top Advisory Council will help ensure we fulfill our Race to the Top goals.”
Bredesen created the Council to ensure the state is effectively implementing, evaluation and learning from the historic Race to the Top investment in Tennessee’s public school systems.
The Advisory Council will:
• Provide strategic guidance on all aspects of the grant, including implementation, planning, and evaluation;
• Help communicate the bold First to the Top proposals in their communities, the state, and the nation;
• Promote sound decision-making by working with the First to the Top leadership responsible for executing the grant; and
• Ensure continuous alignment between the state’s reform plans and the ambitious goals to accelerate student achievement across Tennessee.
The Advisory Council will not direct grant funds, oversee programming, or supervise staff.
The panel consists of elected officials, educators, leaders of stakeholder organizations, and representatives of philanthropic foundations – all of whom are deeply invested in Tennessee’s future.
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