A quality education is needed to prepare every student in Tennessee for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century. Education should help students gain the skills they need for whatever path they choose. Tennessee’s great teachers know their students and help them overcome challenges. State and local officials, working with Tennessee’s teachers, can best lead Tennessee’s education system.  The federal government, with national standards and bureaucratic paperwork, should let states innovate and provide common-sense solutions. I will work to expand school choice, so that parents can choose the education that best prepares their child. 

Blackburn Leads Effort to Distance American Universities from Confucius Institutes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) seeks to minimize Chinese efforts to exert inappropriate influence on American university campuses through Confucius Institutes, which repress free speech and discourage transparency. Congressional efforts have led to the closure of many Institutes, yet many remain. Senator Blackburn is leading a two-part effort to ensure that the existing Confucius Institutes in the United States abide by standards of transparency and academic...

Blackburn Joins Bipartisan Senators to Introduce JROTC Cyber Training Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to introduce S. 2154, the bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act, to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity. 

“Part of rebuilding our nation’s military is investing in our future servicemen and women,” said Senator Blackburn. “By providing funding for high...

Senator Blackburn: First Amendment is in Danger on College Campuses; Blackburn Introduces Campus Free Speech Resolution in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about her newly introduced resolution to encourage free speech and inclusive debate on college campuses. 

“On the eve of National Higher Education day, I am introducing the Campus Free Speech Resolution of 2019. It’s a first step in restoring sanity to free speech for American college students,” said Senator Blackburn. “It recognizes that universities should protect the free and open exchange of ideas and...