Education
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. 

Senate Passes Blackburn, Kennedy Bill to Protect Free Speech on American College Campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate passed the Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (CONFUCIUS) Act by unanimous consent. The legislation address concerns about Confucius Institutes suppressing free speech on American college campuses. It is sponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“The Chinese Communist Party has used deceptive tactics to infiltrate our U.S. university...

Blackburn, Rosen Introduce Bill to Train Our Next Generation of STEM Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation to authorize the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for training and education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The Providing Resources and Organization to Maximize Opportunities for Training and Education in STEM (“PROMOTES”) Act is cosponsored by...

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...