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Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Education in Moderated Forum

BY: JESSICA GUTMAN

More than 1,200 people gathered at the 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on Education at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville on Jan. 24.

Five of Tennessee’s leading gubernatorial candidates answered questions related to education during a forum moderated by Rhori Johnson, NewsChannel5, and David Plazas, USA TODAY Network – Tennessee. Topics ranged from teacher pay and training to student achievement and Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Participating candidates included former state Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee, former Nashville Mayor Karl Deen, Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who is also running for governor, did not attend.

The hour-long event was hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), Belmont University, the USA TODAY Network – Tennessee and the NewsChannel5 Network, along with support from numerous state partners including the Knoxville Chamber.