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Education Commissioner Expresses Confidence In Reforms

Education Commissioner Expresses Confidence In Reforms

CREATED Nov 28, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Despite criticism of his education reforms, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said he never doubted the changes would result in academic growth for the state's students.

The 43-year-old former Teach for America executive has been heavily criticized for reforms that include toughening the teacher evaluation process and tying teachers' licenses to student test data.

Those changes and others spurred a petition signed by more than 50 Tennessee school superintendents raising concerns about his leadership at the department.

In a recent interview, Huffman said he never lost confidence that the work was having a positive impact.

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