Kailey C. Nieman is a Co-Founder,  Vice President of iVoteAmerica. She graduated East Tennessee State University in 2018 where she majored in Political Science and Media and Communications. She is currently in graduate school at Liberty University where she will earn her M.S. in Strategic Communications.

Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement.  We are seeing more Tennessee students graduating high school than ever before.  This is great news for our state.  The problem is that our state is still ranking on the lower end of the education spectrum.

According to the U.S. News ranking of state schools for K-12, Tennessee ranked 32.  Our ranking needs to be improved to ensure the success of our state and our children.   We expect to move up this list as we continue to focus on education.

In 2013, our governor announced the Drive to 55 campaign.  The goal of this campaign is to increase the post-secondary degree achievement to 55% by 2025.  Since this launch, we have seen enrollment increase by 25% at community colleges and 20% at technical colleges in one year.  In 2015 the rate of Tennesseans going to college increased to a high of 62.5%.

We as Tennesseans must keep tabs on our education system and push them to do more to encourage our students.  Making their success the top priority, and ensuring that our teachers have the tools they need to do their job should be goal number one.  Tennessee has the power and the ability to move up that list.


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