Summit previews next round of Common Core fight

Sep 19, 2014 by

Tennessee’s tug-of-war over Common Core surfaced Thursday at a gathering of state lawmakers and education stakeholders hosted by Gov. Bill Haslam, previewing a likely contentious struggle ahead when the 109th General Assembly convenes in four months.

Backers of Common Core, primarily educators invited by the Republican governor, used an inaugural “Education Summit” at a downtown Nashville hotel to push hard for new standardized testing that fully aligns with the academic standards that have phased into Tennessee classrooms since 2010.

But that was countered by a smattering of Common Core dissent from a few conservative lawmakers also there — folks like Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, who want to dump the standards outright and design an entirely new model.

“There’s an inherent distrust in some of the ways in which Common Core standards were brought forth,” Matheny said, pointing to a reluctance to let the federal government “become more entrenched” in Tennessee classrooms. “We have got to come up with a set of standards that we can sell to Tennessee families, parents and teachers.”

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