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Walley running for District 26 state Senate seat

Page Walley

Page Walley, a former state representative and Tennessee commissioner, on Thursday announced his five-point education plan in his race for state Senate in District 26, which includes Hardin County.
The plan, he said, aims to help students become strong readers, raise teacher pay, improve teacher preparation and support innovation.
“I am so excited to share my vision on education for Tennessee’s future and look forward to working with local teachers, parents, legislators and Gov. Lee to get the job done,” said Lee, a Republican.
Walley’s plan includes:
•Investment in workforce development, apprenticeships and vocational training.
•Teaching reading through phonics and investing in teacher training.
•Paying teachers “a lot more, to ensure great teachers stay in the classroom and new teachers enter the profession.”
•Improving teacher preparation through institutions of higher education, and creating more pathways for innovation in public education.
Walley served five terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives during the 1990s and was commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He is currently the vice mayor of Bolivar in Hardeman County.

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