Tennessee spends more money - roughly a third of the state budget - on education, making it the largest single element of the budget and clearly the state's highest priority. Hamilton County government spends an even larger share of local property tax revenue on education. Yet few members of the Legislature know what it takes to be a teacher or manage a classroom, or to help a student learn, or to know what schools and classrooms actually need, and it shows. It shows in the Legislature's disdainful treatment of teachers, and in their bumbling attempts to get education reform right.
We point out this lamentable disconnect to urge voters in District 30 of the state House of Representatives to elect Sandy Norris Smith.