- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is continuing an effort to connect with teachers across the state.

She’s kicking off the second leg of her Classroom Chronicles Tour in Wilson and Smith counties on Thursday.

Last spring, McQueen began her tour with the goal of connecting with 10,000 Tennessee teachers in every region of the state by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

So far, she has met with nearly 6,400 teachers in 32 districts.

On Thursday, the commissioner will visit the Lebanon Special School District, Smith County Schools and Wilson County Schools.

A recent survey of nearly 37,000 teachers showed nearly eight of 10 teachers feel appreciated for the job they’re doing.

However, 60 percent say they spend too much time helping students prepare for statewide exams, and a third feel how they’re evaluated is unfair.

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