Penny Schwinn, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, is “ecstatic” about this year’s budget.
Schwinn, who has now completed her first year as the state’s education commissioner, during the State of the State last week was frequently the first to rise in applause at Gov. Bill Lee’s budget announcements.
On the podcast this week, we talk to Schwinn about some of those budget recommendations:
- What is the state doing to ensure $117 million set aside for teacher raises will actually translate to salary increases for them?
- Why is the $250 million that’s being set aside for mental health treatment in schools going to be put in an endowment, and not immediately able to be used?
- Why is $25 million being set aside for the Achievement School District next year when most of the schools are expected to soon be returned to their original districts?
Schwinn spoke at length about the department’s plans for the Achievement School District, which has not seen the improvement the state had intended for struggling schools that were brought into it.
Schwinn also discusses the need for more training for teachers and how the state plans to keep them from having to spend hours upon hours of extra time each week scouring Pinterest for lesson plans.
And as always, here’s this week’s Capitol Notebook.
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