Belmont University, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee and NewsChannel 5 are partnering to host the first televised, statewide gubernatorial forum of the 2018 election. Focused exclusively on education, the forum is being broadcast live on NewsChannel 5. In addition, audiences can watch a livestream of the Forum at www.tennessean.com or www.newschannel5.com.
Belmont President Robert C. Fisher said the university is kicking off a year-long commitment to hosting events related to the 2018 governor’s race, and it’s appropriate the first forum is on education.
“We are eager to support efforts like this one that complement our mission to empower students to engage and transform the world,” Fisher said. “We are honored to be partnering with SCORE on events across our state to engage Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates in this discussion that is vital to Tennessee’s future.”
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the founder and chairman of SCORE, noted, “As Tennesseans, we should be proud that our students and teachers have made our state the fastest improving in K-12 education, and that our state leaders have made Tennessee a national model in improving access to postsecondary opportunities.”
“Nothing could be more important than continuing this success by highlighting education as a top priority for our next governor,” Frist said. “We look forward to hosting a conversation with the candidates to hear how Tennessee’s next governor will help our students become best in the nation.”