AFC Praises Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman

Washington, DC (Nov. 14, 2014) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, praised Kevin Huffman, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education for his dedication to advancing education reform and improving outcomes for Tennessee students. Huffman announced today that he is resigning from his position as commissioner at the end of the year.

“Education Commissioner Huffman has been instrumental in improving Tennessee’s education system, and focusing on the needs of students and parents by advocating for educational choice,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “Together, with Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman has been a leader in pushing bold reforms that have led to better outcomes for Tennessee students. We appreciate Commissioner Huffman’s dedication to the parents and students of Tennessee and wish him well in his next endeavors.”

“Commissioner Huffman made great gains in education for Tennessee and provided his expertise and talents where they were needed most,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel for the American Federation for Children. “Tennessee is positioned as a leader in education reform and is poised to transform its education system by empowering parents to do what is best for their children. I’m grateful to have worked closely with Kevin and consider him a friend, and I am certain he’ll continue to have impact on the lives of students across the country.”

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The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.