Need a New Commissioner?

Knoxville Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre did not join 63 other state school chiefs in signing a letter essentially asking that state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman be replaced. McIntyre is on board with Huffman’s reforms and has praised his leadership.

Huffman is not expected to stay on as commissioner in a second term for Gov. Bill Haslam. McIntyre would be a top candidate to replace Huffman heading the state education department. He was said to be on the short list of finalists when Huffman was hired.

He was one of four state superintendents to join Gov. Phil Bredesen in presenting the proposal that won Race to the Top funding, which resulted in millions for state education. He was presented with a Life Achievement Award by the National PTA recently.

Haslam has defended his commissioner from criticism for the last several months as education reforms have been put in place, including the threat to teachers losing their licenses and dropping the requirement to pay teachers more for obtaining post-graduate degrees.

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