Parr Has Questions About Education System
Posted on July 11, 2012
Giles County businessman and farmer Don Parr says he believes Tennessee has great teachers but wants to know why so many Lawrence and Giles County high school graduates have to take additional courses when they go to college.
In a radio interview on WDXE, the 70th District State House candidate said "I'm very disapointed in our education system in this area."
"I read a survey recently where we have the top ten percent in teacher quality in the nation yet we're in 44th place in the quality of the students that we graduate.
"Sixty percent of the students that graduate from our two (Giles and Lawrence County) county school systems require additional education when they get to college or community college before they can start college courses."
Parr believes that needs to be corrected and that issue will be one of his main objectives. He says he wants to find out "what's wrong in the middle," with education.
"We've got the best school teachers and we're spending enough, twenty times more than when I was a student, yet I think that my grandkids don't have as good a chance to get an education as I did," said Parr.
Parr is facing off with Lawrence County businessman Barry Doss in the Aug. 2nd Republican primary. The winner will meet former State Represtative Calvin Moore in the November election.