Rep. Andrew Farmer Receives Endorsement From TEA

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today received an endorsement from the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) in the 17th District State House Race.

According to its website, the TEA is the state’s largest professional organization, representing tens of thousands of elementary and secondary teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become teachers.

Its mission is to protect and advocate on behalf of students, educators, and members in order to create great public schools that prepare everyone for success in a global society.

Representative Farmer has been a champion for students, teachers, and schools throughout his time serving as a member of our General Assembly. In 2018, he and his Republican colleagues led efforts to hold these important groups harmless in the wake of TNReady testing problems.

Farmer has also fought for resources that will help strengthen the educational foundations of Tennessee’s future leaders. Under his leadership, our state recently ranked in the Top 10 in percentage increases for K-12 education expenditures, outpacing the national average increase in teacher salaries.

Additionally, Farmer and his Republican colleagues have invested more in education over the last 2 years than at any point in state history. As a result, our students are the fastest improving in the entire nation across math, reading, and science, and this year, we maintained the best statewide high school graduation rates ever — 89.1 percent.

“It is an incredible honor to receive the support and this endorsement from Tennessee’s teachers,” said Representative Farmer. “I appreciate my unique partnership with the TEA and its members. Together, I know we will continue identifying solutions and additional resources that will enable our students, teachers, and schools to continue to succeed. This will ensure that Tennessee’s future remains bright.”

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