Dean vs. Lee

on Education:

US Senate:

Blackburn vs. Bredesen

on education: 

NEA recommends Bredesen

Blackburn, from campaign website: 

“Every student in Tennessee should be prepared with skills for life and ready for whatever path they choose.  Tennessee is blessed with great teachers, but they are held back by a bureaucratic system that prioritizes national standards and paperwork over student engagement and advancement. The federal government needs to get out of the way and let teachers and state and local officials in Tennessee take the lead. Marsha believes in applying Tennessee conservative, common-sense approaches to education, including expanding school choice, increasing charter school options, making homeschooling easier, and supporting state and local control of education. She will fight to make sure education money actually goes to classroom instead of being spent on administrators and bureaucrats.”

Bredesen, from campaign website: 

“Under Phil’s leadership as governor, Tennessee made public education a top priority. Working with the legislature, he improved teacher pay and expanded early childhood education. He created the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, a statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to provide free books to children from birth to age five.
Working with teachers and local school systems, Phil and the State Board of Education raised the bar in the classroom to ensure that all students are ready for a career or college and life. On his watch, Tennessee’s academic standards went from being among the lowest in America to among the highest — earning praise from national experts who noted the Volunteer State proved that “states are capable of dramatic reform when the political leadership is committed to focusing public attention on the problem.”
Phil partnered with higher-education leaders to improve workforce development with a focus on college completion. He elevated the profile of Tennessee’s community colleges and colleges of applied technology. He strengthened the relationship between the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to give graduate students access to world-class research opportunities. He worked with the Tennessee Board of Regents to establish new facilities and programs, including a pharmacy school at East Tennessee State University.
In the U.S. Senate, Phil will use his decades of experience in K-12 and higher education to push policies that support states and strengthen America’s public schools.”

Candidate profiles from before the primaries are available on most of the below candidates on The Daily Times:

US House:

Burchett vs. Hoyos

Tim Burchett did not turn in a questionnaire to the Daily Times.  His campaign website is: There was no mention of education on his website.  

Renee Hoyos from campaign website:  

I am a product of public education and I am proud of the education I received.  In addition, my father and uncles taught in the public-school system.  I am committed to strengthening public education so all children can get a quality education and be prepared to become productive citizens. Public schools are the educational foundation of communities across the 2nd District.  Ensuring a basic, solid education for all students must remain our goal.  States depend significantly on federal support to provide educational resources.  Dollars at the federal and state level should not be diminished, diluted or diverted for other purposes – they should make it to the classrooms of our public schools. Vocational and technical education provide transition opportunities from high school to the labor force.  I am very supportive of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which seeks to “strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improve state and local accountability,” and would vote for reauthorization and full funding of the legislation. We cannot create a two-tiered class system in our schools such that wealth and access determine a better education. We leave too much human capital on the table.  Our children deserve the best education we can give them so that they can be successful in life. Let’s protect funding for our public schools, increase support for vocational and technical education, and lower the costs of student loans.

Let’s protect funding for our public schools, increase support for vocational and technical education, and lower the costs of student loans.


Tennessee Senate:

Art Swann running unopposed

Tennessee House 8

Clark vs. Moon

Jay Clark, 

Public Education -  We must direct our state's limited financial resources to our public schools and make sure those funds are used effectively to meet the needs of every student in Blount County and across Tennessee.  Public education is a fundamental function of government and we need to support and fully fund it.

Once elected I will work to:

- Dedicate public dollars to Public Education.

- Promote and enhance career-based vocational education.

- Reform standardized student testing.

- Support our Public School teachers, staff, and students.

I again applaud Governor Haslam’s commitment to a four percent pay raise for public school teachers in Tennessee and for the state’s funding for insurance coverage for educators.  I support efforts to make sure money appropriated for paying teachers goes into base salaries.  I oppose vouchers that divert resources away from Tennessee’s public schools.   We need to continue improving teacher compensation and provide resources for meeting all students’ needs.  I do not believe arming teachers with guns will accomplish any of these objectives.

Jerome Moon

From campaign website: Strengthen our education system including vocational training

Tennessee House 20

Ramsey vs. Sneed

Bob Ramsey

From the Daily Times

Susan Sneed

From campaign website: 


This past session, the TN legislature wasted their time and our tax dollars doing things like legislating trivia, passing work requirements that will cost more to track than we’ll actually save and punishing cities for trying to find creative solutions to their issues. But when it comes to our public schools, they increased pay by a mere 1.7% and went home. That’s not even the cost of living. TN teachers are some of the lowest paid in the country, and school funding often depends on zip code and private benefactors. Teachers shouldn’t have to get second jobs to make ends meet or buy classroom supplies from their already-thin paychecks; they already go above and beyond with their time, energy, and compassion. Our children and their futures are worth investing in.


When I get to Nashville, I’ll get our priorities straight and fund what matters.