Haslam Ramping Up Defense of Common Core

Gov. Bill Haslam is under pressure, since a bill passed the state House earlier this month that would set back the test that comes with the Common Core educational standards. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Gov. Bill Haslam is under pressure, since a bill passed the state House earlier this month that would set back the test that comes with the Common Core educational standards. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Governor Bill Haslam is continuing to play defense against state lawmakers targeting the Common Core educational standards.

Haslam’s trying to win over skeptical legislators, and asking for help from business leaders.

Like dozens of other states to adopt Common Core, Tennessee has put grade-level benchmarks in place for math and language arts.  But many lawmakers want to delay or undo the test that goes with it.

On Tuesday, Haslam urged the state Chamber of Commerce, which supports Common Core, to lobby the legislature.

“I’ve been using that message to business groups for awhile.  Obviously right now it feels a little bit more critical.”

Haslam also acknowledged he’s stepped up personal calls and meetings with lawmakers.

On Tuesday afternoon, one senator opposing Common Core reportedly suggested they’re close to a compromise, but an official with Haslam’s office says right now the administration is dealing with a lot of misinformation.

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