Education Summit could offer taste of Common Core fight

Sep 11, 2014 by

Gov. Bill Haslam has billed a special-called Education Summit next week as a wide-ranging review of the “past, present and future” of Tennessee’s public schools.

Some, though, are looking squarely at Common Core.

Ahead of a legislative session that could offer round 2 of a fight still brewing over Common Core, critics of the academic standards are rallying their troops outside the summit, organized by Haslam, who has pressed forward with Common Core and has felt heat from tea party conservatives as a result.

Fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are co-hosts for the summit, set for Sept. 18 at Nashville’s downtown Sheraton Hotel.

“Let’s give them all an ear full,” reads a flier from a group that calls itself Tennessee Against Common Core, which plans to stage the rally.

An agenda for the summit isn’t set. But according to Haslam’s press secretary Dave Smith, it will cover the “history of reform in Tennessee, current data on progress and discussions on key issues.” He said he anticipates standards will be part of the discussion.

“If I’m allowed to speak, it will certainly be discussed,” said Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, one of nine lawmakers appointed by Republican leadership to take part in the summit. “You can be for a higher standard and not be a supporter of Common Core.”

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