Over the past five-to-seven years Tennessee has made incredible gains in academic rigor, and our schools have collectively become a model of public education. I am grateful to be part of a state that has rapidly climbed the ladder of academic achievement. Throughout my life, the opportunities I’ve been afforded are because of the intervention of the public school system. It is my hope that we will stand for all children. No matter their race, creed, or whatever challenges they might face.