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Wed March 19, 2014
Politics

Common Core Controversy Heats Up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam is pushing Tennessee legislators to back down in their attempts to dial back the state's new Common Core education standards.

Haslam traveled to appearances in all three of the state’s grand divisions yesterday to rally parents and educators in support of the standards. At an event in Smyrna, Haslam touted academic progress under his leadership.

“There are very few things that I am as committed to in this session as making certain that common core and the progress that we’re making in education – I mean it’s historical that Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the country. I don’t want to see us turn around there.”

Haslam continues his public relations push for Common Core today. He’s scheduled to meet with Senator Lamar Alexander and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at a meeting hosted by local business leaders to discuss education policy.

The Common Core education standards have proved controversial. Many legislators are convinced the standards amount to a federal takeover of local classrooms.

Editors Note: Our thanks to WPLN for contributing to this story.