Statement on TNDOE Leadership Transition

Nov 15, 2018

Press Release

Memphis, Tennessee – Campaign for School Equity’s executive director Mendell Grinter released the following statement in response to news that Candice McQueen will leave the Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) in January to become CEO of a national non-profit focused on teaching.

In our collaborative work, we have witnessed firsthand how Commissioner McQueen has served as a tireless advocate for students and families in Tennessee. Over the past two years her leadership has inspired school leaders, and teachers alike to recognize the sense of urgency for improving school equity and academic outcomes for more students.

We wish Commissioner McQueen the best and know that she will serve well in her new role supporting teachers just as she has here at home. CSE also looks forward to welcoming a new commissioner and working together as we continue to support the TNDOE’s efforts to improve students’ performance, especially in our Priority schools.

About Campaign for School Equity
Campaign for School Equity (CSE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the equitable utilization of high-quality educational options. CSE works relentlessly in communities we serve to train and mobilize faith leaders, community leaders, students, and parents to ensure equal educational opportunity to every child. More information about CSE and its work can be found at

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