Blount Education Initiative recognized by Frist SCORE report

In a list of 39 programs and organizations recognized by the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) data, one Blount County organization has gotten the nod as one of the state’s “Promising Practices” in education.

The Blount Education Initiative is listed in the Promising Practices list under Early Childhood Education and Additional Supports. The BEI is a grassroots group charged with raising awareness of the importance of education in the community and with making education the county’s top priority. BEI executive director is Bonny Millard.

In the report, BEI is described as “Concerned about the state of education in Blount County, the Blount Education Initiative (BEI) is a consortium of educators, business leaders, and community activists focused on making education Blount County’s top priority. BEI has just completed research on the attitudes of students and citizens in Blount County toward education and is in the process of launching a county-wide public awareness campaign.”

SCORE was founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. The organization promotes educational change and recently released a “State of Education in Tennessee,” which provides an overview of the K-12 education system in Tennessee and outlines its strengths and weaknesses. Brad Smith, a Rhodes Scholar from Knoxville, is executive director.

For more about SCORE, visit For more about BEI, visit

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