Dear Friends,

At the start of each new year, I think about the promising opportunities that lie ahead for helping Tennessee students continue to grow academically. In 2017, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) heard from nearly 1,700 Tennesseans about their dreams and goals for students. We also know from a poll that SCORE commissioned last year that Tennessee voters have identified education as one of the top issues for the next governor.

In this vein, Tennesseans will have an important opportunity to hear from gubernatorial candidates specifically about their visions for education next week. In partnership with the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee, NewsChannel 5, and Belmont University, SCORE will host the 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on Education. The hour-long forum will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 23, in Nashville.

This is the last chance to reserve complimentary tickets to attend the forum. If you would like to be one of the hundreds who have already registered to hear the discussion about the future of education in our state in-person, please register today.

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Tennesseans who cannot attend the forum in person will be able to watch the event on NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, or livestream the event on the Tennessean or NewsChannel5 homepages.

Before the forum, learn more about Tennessee education issues in the SCORE report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation. The five student-focused, research-based priorities are the focus of a shared vision for greater academic success for students over the next eight years. As Tennesseans look to elect a new governor and fill at least 20 open seats in the General Assembly this fall, it is important to know why our state has experienced unprecedented progress and the path forward to provide the necessary steps for students to make even greater academic gains.

I look forward to the forum on January 23 because it will let voters hear directly from candidates on one of the most important topics for Tennessee’s future – public education.

Very truly yours,