The commission authorized last year to make recommendations to improve the practice of civic education in Tennessee schools held its organizational session today.
The TBA backed the creation of the 14-member commission because of its deep and abiding interest in law-related and civics education in Tennessee. Among the commission members which includes educators and lawmakers is Bill Haltom, Immediate Past President of the TBA and President of the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation.
At the organizational session the commission decided to research programs in other states and to pursue a survey of current curriculum in Tennessee schools. The commission will next meet on Monday, May 7, in conjunction with statewide civic education activities .
Commission on Civic Education in Tennessee
The following lists indicates the commission members and the organizations they represent or were appointed by. The commission will be made up of at least 14 members.
Alphonso C. Mance, representing the largest professional association representing educators
William H. Haltom, representing the Tennessee legal community
Nissa D. Dahlin-Brown, representing the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Brenda Carroll Ables, representing the Department of Education
Rebecca M. Verner, representing the Tennessee Council on Social Studies
Ernie Bentley, representing the Tennessee Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals
Ralph T. Everette, representing the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals
Carol Goodman Hidalgo, representing the Tennessee business community
Jennifer Gilligan Cole, appointed by the governor as a representative of the citizens of Tennessee
Rep. Les Winningham and Rep. Gerald McCormick, appointed by the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
- Sen. Rosalind Kurita and Sen. Jamie Woodson, appointed by the Speaker of the Senate
- Gerald Reed, Secretary of State designee