Guns and Lies

Just another week in Tennessee education policy

Andy Spears
2 min readApr 12, 2024
Photo by Laurenz Heymann on Unsplash

It’s been an exciting week in Tennessee education policy.

While Gov. Lee’s signature legislative initiative, school vouchers, saw another committee vote delay, other news items trickled to the top of the agenda.

First, Commissioner of Education Lizzette Reynolds continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

This time, it’s for accepting a tuition waiver she didn’t qualify for.

What’s most interesting is that she used the tuition waiver to take classes toward a teaching certificate. Yes, the state requires its Commissioner of Education to have a teaching certificate. No, Reynolds does not have one and also had zero K-12 teaching experience.

To make up for this shortcoming, Reynolds sought to have taxpayers cover the cost of her missing credential.

Then, there’s the issue of guns. In schools.

Some suggest that having guns in schools will actually prevent violence from guns in schools.



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .