published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Teach For America VP named Tennessee education commissioner

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    Kevin Huffman, right, a vice president at Teach for America, speaks at a news conference after being named education commissioner at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Gov. Bill Haslam and wife, Crissy, look on. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Kevin Huffman, vice president of public affairs at Teach For America, as his education commissioner.

Haslam announced the appointment at a news conference at the Capitol on Thursday, saying that he selected Huffman after a nationwide search.

The 40-year-old Huffman is a former corps member of Teach For America, an education organization that places recent college graduates in low-income public schools. He also holds a law degree.

Huffman will take over for acting Commissioner Patrick Smith, who led the state’s Race to the Top Oversight Team under former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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AlmostAmanda said...

I wonder if Haslam would hire someone who, many years ago, had been in his stores a few times and allow them to make major corporate policy decisions? My guess is no. So why on earth would he hire someone who has no long-term educational background to make major educational policy decisions? I hope I am proven wrong, but I think this is going to be disastrous.

March 3, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
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