Statement From Mayor Karl Dean July 22, 2009

No Child Left Behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean issued this statement today in response to the Tennessee Department of Education’s release of district annual progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law:

This is good news. I’m pleased to see our district make improving status. To me, this is evidence that when a community rallies around its schools, progress can be made. We still have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal, which is for all of our students to succeed. And starting this school year standards are going up, meaning our challenge is only going to be greater. Now is not the time to be complacent. We made some good strides in the last year in the area of teacher recruitment and with the change in charter school law. Going forward we need to focus on attendance, afterschool programs and teacher compensation, among other areas of education reform. We’ll be looking at the data tied to these results and talking with the Governor and Department of Education to determine what else we can do to help our schools succeed.”

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