We have tried to speak up. We have "liked" and "shared" anti-Huffman Facebook pages, signed petitions, and spoken to our legislators. But the recent mess with the TDOE not having TCAP scores ready in time for final report card grades is the last straw.
1) Contact your legislators and let them know how you feel about Kevin Huffman and the DOE. (Click here to find the contact information for your legislators.) Be sure to CC it on to Governor Haslam too. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Feel free to use the following text in your email:
Dear Gov. Haslam, Sen.__________, and Rep. _____________,
I am incredibly disappointed that our appointed Education Commissioner and the DOE did not have TCAP quick scores ready on time to be used in my child’s grades. I am also upset that the DOE did not notify districts until the last minute, and that all of the test anxiety my child experienced meant nothing. This delay and failure to notify districts makes parents speculate if the test results are being manipulated.
Kevin Huffman’s incompetency is an embarrassment to our state and I am requesting that he be immediately removed from his position as commissioner. A qualified educator should be appointed as Tennessee's Commissioner of Education. Our children deserve no less.
Furthermore, we request a full audit of the funds for the state education department... particularly the spending done by Huffman, including who received the funds through no-bid contracts.
(include your town)
3) Share this with your friends and ask them to do the same thing.
4) Keep calling Haslam’s office until Huffman is fired or resigns.
We must flood Governor Haslam’s office with calls and emails. If we keep speaking up, we will be heard. Don't be afraid to use your Momma Bear voices. You could even use his full birth name, just like you do on your kids so they know Momma means business!
"William Edward Haslam, you know better!"