Senator Has Attorney General Look Into Education Commissioner, Kevin Huffman--Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 12:50 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Senator Mae Beavers says she is asking for written assessment on potential illegal activity concerning the state education commissioners handling of TCAP.
Earlier this week, 16 legislators including Rep. Rick Womick signed a letter to Governor Bill Haslam. The letter demands Commissioner Kevin Huffman resign.
Senator Beavers says she wanted to get the Attorney General's opinion first, before signing the 4-page letter.
The resignation request states: there's a "lack of trust" in the commissioner and Department of Education. Senator Beavers believes Huffman is in violation of the law (TCA 49-1-601 & TCA 49-1-617), accusing him of delaying and adjusting TCAP scores. According to the senator, she received an oral opinion from the attorney's office saying Huffman received a waiver through a law passed last year.
Sen. Mae Beavers says, "The law that we passed this last year, it specifically omits federal and state accountability and assessment. You know it seems like to me they're trying to figure out a way to justify what he has done."
The Tennessee Department of Education said earlier this week, TCAP scores were not recalibrated. "Quick-scores" were sent out later than expected, though, to local school districts.
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