The prospects seemed to dim somewhat Tuesday for several proposals meant to slow Tennessee’s path toward Common Core school standards and PARCC, the new standardized test that comes with them.
Many of the bills were not killed outright, but postponed—kicked to the bottom of a long committee agenda, where they may not got another hearing until late in the legislative session.
Committee Chairman Mark White says many similar bills had the same problem—too high an estimated cost, called a fiscal note:
“A lot of these bills have the same fiscal note. With the day’s budget, (to) move this out, you’re going to have to get your fiscal note in order first.”
White says it could be a month before the proposals come up again. And by that point, they won’t have much time to work out amendments they might need to win over skeptical lawmakers.