Candice McQueen leaving position as Tennessee education commissioner

Tennessee

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is leaving her post in January to run a non-profit organization.

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed McQueen education commissioner in 2015. She is leaving that position to become CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, a non-profit group that helps states, districts and schools attract, develop and retain educators.

“Candice has worked relentlessly since day one for Tennessee’s students and teachers, and under her leadership, Tennessee earned its first ‘A’ rating for the standards and the rigor of the state’s assessment after receiving an ‘F’ rating a decade ago,” Haslam said. “Candice has raised the bar for both teachers and students across the state, enabling them to rise to their greatest potential. I am grateful for her service and know that she will continue to make an impact on education in Tennessee and across the country.” 

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