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Common Core fight snarled in politicized language, conceptions

March 22nd, 2014 10:39 pm by Hank Hayes

Common Core fight snarled in politicized language, conceptions

Over the course of the current legislative session, a number of Tennessee Republican and Democrat lawmakers came to believe Common Core education standards are rotten to the core.

Although the state is in the third year of enacting the standards, a bipartisan group of legislators recently got behind altered state House legislation to delay Common Core implementation and its assessment component for another two years.

They used politicized language to make their point.

State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, called Common Core an "unfunded mandate" combined with an onerous evaluation system to threaten teachers if they refused to use Common Core standards.

House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, sponsored an amendment postponing Common Core standards until July 2016. His amendment was tacked on to unrelated legislation carried by state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, and passed in the House on March 13.

"There is a recognition we are moving way too quickly," Fitzhugh said of the standards on the House floor. "We need to get it right."

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