US Ed. Sec. speaks at Tenn. education conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan lauded Tennessee’s educators for their efforts in trying to help students be successful.

Duncan spoke Tuesday at the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference in Nashville.

He said over the course of several years the hard work of principals and teachers has resulted in Tennessee students leading the nation in academic improvement.

Gov. Bill Haslam also spoke Tuesday. He too praised educators and told reporters following his speech that he’s committed to seeing they get more pay.

The Republican governor had planned to give teachers a pay increase this year, but said he wasn’t able to because of budget constraints. However, if state revenues allow for it, he says increased pay for teachers will be a priority next year.