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The New Commish:  Is it Candice McQueen?

mcqueenRampant rumors passed along to RTP say the governor’s new cabinet announcement this afternoon will be Dr. Candice McQueen as the new Education Commissioner.

If true, McQueen would be seen favorably among those who wanted someone from Tennessee and someone who also had actual public education classroom experience.

On the downside, some in the education have uncharitably called McQueen “Huffman Lite” — meaning she will continue Huffman’s policies of pro-Common Core, pro-testing that got Huffman in so much trouble.

Those we have talked to all agree her appointment would be primarily the result of her close relationship with Tom Ingram — the governor’s paid-under-the-table lobbyist.

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