Bi-Partisan Efforts Could Delay Common Core In Tennessee

Jan 21, 2014


Some state lawmakers are introducing legislation that would put a hold on Common Core education standards and tests in Tennessee.

State Representative Rick Womick told the Tennessean newspaper that about a dozen legislators are supporting a measure to delay Common Core curriculum in Tennessee for up to four years. There’s also a bill to delay the corresponding test, known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

House Democratic Leader Representative Craig Fitzhugh has also said that Democrats would explore whether to slow down the program’s implementation in order to make sure it’s good for schools.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman remain Common Core supporters.

Tennessee voted four years ago to become one of 45 states to adopt Common Core standards. Womick’s bill isn’t filed yet; the deadline is next month.

The Senate Education Committee held Common Core hearings in September. Committee chair Senator Dolores Gresham says a committee report is due this month.