Gov. Sundquist unveils education Web site

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Don Sundquist on Wednesday welcomed to the state a new education Web site called "Just for the Kids -- Tennessee." The site compares schools with similar student demographics to demonstrate which schools are having the greatest success in teaching.
   The Web site originated from the Just for the Kids nonprofit organization in Texas. That organization has been nationally recognized as a leader in education reform. Tennessee is one of the first affiliate states to join the Just for the Kids network, thanks to a grant from the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation.
   Marty Dickens, president of BellSouth Tennessee and director and treasurer of Tennessee Tomorrow, will chair the new project. Tennessee Tomorrow will take on the duties of maintaining the new Web site, including promoting the site within the state, coordinating with other Just for the Kids state affiliates and raising the funds to make the site successful.
   The Web site is Elementary and middle schools are currently online, with plans to bring high schools online in the near future. The best practices in teaching, collected from consistently well-performing schools, will also be added to the site.