Levine, Register Appointed to TN Education Committee
By David Carroll
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Two educators with strong local ties have been appointed to serve on an important statewide education committee by Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Jill Levine is principal of Normal Park Upper and Lower Schools in Chattanooga, and Dr. Jesse Register, the director of the Metro Nashville School System, was superintendent of Hamilton County Schools from 1997 until 2006.
Here is the announcement from the Governor's office:
– Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed nine men and women to serve on the Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee established by the recently enacted Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010.
"I am grateful to the individuals willing to serve in this capacity to help move Tennessee public education forward in bold, new ways," said Bredesen. "I am confident that with the level of experience each of these Tennesseans brings to the table, we can accomplish this goal for teachers and their students across the state."
The 15-member committee will develop and recommend to the State Board of Education guidelines and criteria for the annual evaluation of teachers and principals, including a local-level evaluation grievance procedure. The committee consists of the Commissioner of Education as chair, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, the Chairperson of the Education Committees of each house, a K-12 public school teacher appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a K-12 public school teacher appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, and nine members appointed by the Governor. Appointments made by the Governor include three public school teachers, two public school principals, one director of a school district and three members representing other stakeholder interests.
The appointments announced by Bredesen today include:
Public School Teachers
Kenny Lou Heaton, Carter County School System
Patty T. Kiddy, McNairy County School System
Judy Stewart, Franklin County School System
Public School Principals
Jimmy Bailey, Jackson-Madison County School System
Jill Levine, Hamilton County School System
Director of a School District
Jesse Register, Metro-Nashville School System
Mike Edwards, Knox County
Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Davidson County
Tomeka R. Hart, Shelby County