Like many of you, we firmly believe that a first-rate system of public education is the cornerstone of a prosperous, free and just society. But we are all too aware that thousands of children in Tennessee are trapped in persistently failing schools that are part of troubled school systems.
As Democrats, we recognize that this must change — now. And we are prepared to actively work for that change here at DFER Tennessee.
DFER aims to return the Democratic Party to its rightful place as a champion of children, first and foremost, in America’s public education systems. Fighting on behalf of our nation’s most vulnerable individuals is what our party is supposed to stand for.
We know the party is up to the task, starting with President Obama, whose largest reform initiative, Race to the Top, was brought to Tennessee by Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.
In addition, Democrats in Tennessee are leading charter schools and traditional schools, serving in government, and shaping an agenda to reform public education for the better through PTAs, nonprofits and volunteer groups. These hard-working Democrats understand, from their experience on the frontline, that education reform is a moral imperative.
It is time our party leaders shared their urgency.
Through advocacy and education, DFER will push them to do just that. And those leaders who confront this challenge head-on, with fresh ideas that go to the source of the challenge, can count on our support.
We are making progress in Tennessee, but we’re just at the beginning of the journey. There are many hard problems we need to solve to guarantee that all our kids receive the best education possible.