Friday, October 31st, 2014

In the Works rulings on the Haslam-O-Meter

Use TVAAS to rate teacher performance

The state will "use TVAAS to find where teacher performance is working and where it's not ... If we're going to move forward we're going to have to use data to see what's working and what's not in schools."

Create academic leadership academy

Will develop a statewide leadership academy with a "focus on improving the leadership development pipeline so that the best candidates are selected, the best training is provided and the leadership needs of local school districts are met by a crop of highly effective principals.”

Improve tourism marketing

Will develop "a comprehensive marketing strategy for our state that can be used to maximize interest from visitors and new investment alike . . . At the regional level, I will utilize the jobs base camps I will create and ensure that every region incorporates a plan for tourism into their unique economic development strategies. Moreover, the state must continue its efforts to maximize the reach of tourists' investments in Tennessee by driving them to locations throughout the state."

Institute a "Small Business Works" initiative

Will launch "Small Business Works" with the goal of "working with small business owners to create the best possible environment for starting or growing a business while enhancing the state's efforts to provide useful, timely information and guidance to anyone seeking to start a business in Tennessee."

Develop a support network for senior citizens.

Will "coordinate the efforts of the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability and private sector nonprofits, faith-based and community groups to make sure the right information and resources are available to those who need it. He will create this network to ensure they are talking, sharing information and providing the right level of support. Mayor Haslam will also use this effort to draw attention to this important issue and to educate the public on the challenges facing seniors and those who care for them."

Become No. 1 in "high quality jobs" in the Southeast

"My top priority as governor will be making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

Explore cost-effective alternatives to prison

"We should review in detail the factors driving the costs of incarceration and look for smarter, more cost-effective systems and procedures."

Give the University of Memphis more autonomy

"I think the University of Memphis needs more autonomy. I think the board of the University of Memphis should be able to hire and fire their own president, they should be able to set their own tuition."

Improving Motor Vehicles Department

Will “improve the efficiency of the Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles and make sure taxpayers are treated like valuable customers, the way we do in business.”