Dickson County Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks has confirmed he is one of 63 Tennessee school system leaders who signed a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam asking for more input in statewide education reforms. Drafted by Tullahoma City Schools Director Dan Lawson, the letter was circulated at last week’s Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents conference and signed by the directors of almost half of the state’s 136 school systems. Lawson’s letter asks Haslam to stop a slate of reforms being instituted by Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman to allow time for their impacts and progress to be assessed, saying some of Huffman’s initiatives are “counterproductive and hurtful.” While he says he and other directors understand the need for educational reform and some of the changes being made are a step in the right direction, Weeks says he is concerned “that the Department of Education is not providing information in a timely manner to allow necessary input, and changes seem to come at a rapid pace making it easy for staff to feel overwhelmed.” Lawson’s letter said it appears the commissioner has no interest in a dialogue with directors and educators who will be forced to implement the changes on the classroom level. “We agree that some changes are needed, but we don’t believe that the process of change can be overlooked,” Weeks said in an email. “In order for effective change to take place, we believe that it is imperative for directors of schools to have an opportunity to hear proposals and provide feedback from the district level as these decisions have a direct effect on our daily work.” Haslam continues to express support for Huffman, who has made sweeping changes in teacher evaluation processes and most recently linked teacher pay and licensing to student scores.