Gov. Bill Lee previewed some of his legislative priorities at the Rotary Club of Nashville on Monday. The speech acted as warm up for Lee’s State of the State address to the General Assembly next week.
Gov. Lee says education and public safety are two issues he’d like lawmakers to address this year. He says students are falling behind in their studies because of interruptions to in-person learning.
“What’s happened in our schools as a result of the closure of schools for COVID,” Lee said, “it is an enormous challenge for America.”
The governor pointed to the latest student assessment data released earlier in the day by the Tennessee Department of Education. It shows student achievement lagging in some schools that have adopted hybrid learning.
On the topic of public safety, Lee says he wants to focus on helping formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter society.
The governor will give his State of the State address this coming Monday, Jan. 31. You can listen live on 90.3 FM or stream us here online starting at 6 p.m. CT.