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Lawmaker and Teacher Join Forces on Hot-Button Education Issues

Lawmaker and Teacher Unite on Education Policies

Two unlikely partners have united to tackle standardized testing and other controversial education topics in TN. Democrat and first-grade teacher Emily Mitchell and State Representative and Republican Rick Womick consider each other important allies when it comes to hotly debated school issues. 

"I always viewed him as the enemy, the guy that would never see our side," said Mitchell in The New York Times. Mitchell is president of the Rutherford County Chapter of the Tennessee Education Association. "I realized that even though he's polar opposite politically from what I believe in, we both agreed on a lot of things on education."

The duo plans to "push back against" educational policies such as academic benchmarks, standardized testing and performance evaluations for educators, said The Times. The article looks at how other teachers, lawmakers and parents from left or right in a number of states have banded together to fight against these issues. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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