More than a dozen legislators sent a letter to Governor Bill Haslam Thursday demanding the resignation of Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
In the four-page letter, the bi-partisan group outlines why they want Huffman to step down from his position, which includes accusations of misguided judgment, dereliction of duty and failing to uphold state law following problems with the release of TCAP scores.
“We cannot begin to craft an honest solution to our education problems without first recognizing an even bigger problem, a complete lack of trust in the Tennessee Department of Education,” the letter states in part.
Read the complete letter here.
After receiving the letter, signed by Representatives Rick Womick and Joe Carr, among others, Governor Press Secretary Dave Smith released a statement that said, “Education is one of the most serious issues for the future of our state, and the governor believes there is a more productive way to discuss something so significant than through a letter by a small group of legislators more interested in trying to get headlines than substance.”
He continued, “Our office reached out to several of these members earlier in the week to discuss their concerns, and it is disappointing they chose a political stunt instead of constructive dialogue.”
Huffman has served as the Commissioner of Education since 2011. Prior to accepting the position he worked as a teacher, lawyer, non-profit executive and board member.