Candidates defend public school system

Democratic Gubernatorial forum with candidates JB Smiley, Dr. Jason Martin and Carnita Atwater at the UT Health Science Center's Schreier Auditorium in Memphis, Tenn. on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
  • 3 candidates are looking for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor in the Aug. 4 major.
  • The candidates took aspect in a debate Tuesday sponsored by the Tennessee Democratic Social gathering.

Tennessee’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates denounced new schooling bills in a discussion Tuesday in Nashville.

“We will stand versus sending community funds to personal schools,” claimed Memphis City Councilmember JB Smiley, Jr. “That is not what is greatest for just about every particular person, each and every scholar.”

Smiley, Nashville medical professional Jason Martin and Memphis neighborhood activist Carnita Atwater said they oppose Republican Gov. Invoice Lee’s schooling measures in a debate hosted by the state Democratic Party at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams Campus.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dr. Jason Martin, Carnita Atwater, and JB Smiley, Jr., on stage at TSU Nashville for a debate on June 21, 2022.

The candidates are competing in the Aug. 4 primary.

In the meantime, Smiley and Martin said if elected, they would ensure conversations of race and racism take spot in the classroom. 

“Racism is aspect of our previous, it is really part of our existing,” Martin said. “If we do not want it to be a aspect of our upcoming, we require to talk about it.”