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63 school superintendents slam Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman

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School superintendents across the state are backing an attempt to call out Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and his policies that have drastically reformed the state's public education system.

Dan Lawson, superintendent of Tullahoma City Schools, said his letter to the governor and general assembly criticizing Huffman has gained signatures from 63 superintendents -- or about half the state's superintendents. In the letter, he asks state leaders to "consider carefully and prayerfully the future of free public education."

"During the last year, the signees have developed a belief that the office of the Commissioner of Education in this administration has no interest in a dialogue with those of us providing leadership for school systems," the letter states. "We have begun to feel that the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education considers schoolteachers, principals and superintendents impediments to school improvement rather than partners."

The letter hasn't yet been handed to Huffman or the governor's office. Lawson said he's giving Tennessee superintendents a week to decide whether they want to sign it. Then he'll send it on to state leaders. But so far, he said he's received signatures from a diverse group of schools chiefs, from big and small districts, poor and wealthy.

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