Post Tagged with: "Common Core"

Rep. Rick Womick (R-Rockvale) says teachers and parents in his district have asked him to fight the Common Core standards, now in place in math and language-arts classes.

Lawmaker Airs Grievances Against Common Core, But Proposals To Undo It Fail

by / on March 18, 2014

A state lawmaker who’s been itching for a fight over the Common Core educational standards got one yesterday. Rep. Rick Womick brought proposals to discontinue Tennessee’s use of the grade-level benchmarks and their companion test; both were killed in committee.

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Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

by / on March 18, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam is trying to show public opinion is on his side when it comes to Common Core, even if the legislature is turning against him.

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Don’t Just Delay Common Core, Some Lawmakers Say: Repeal It

Don’t Just Delay Common Core, Some Lawmakers Say: Repeal It

by / on March 18, 2014

Legislative wrangling over the Common Core educational standards ramped up a notch Tuesday morning, with state lawmakers weighing a bill to back Tennessee out altogether from the grade-level benchmarks adopted by dozens of states.

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What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

by / on March 17, 2014

Lawmakers in Tennessee and other states have been fighting over the education standards known as Common Core. In the Tennessee House last week, the fight boiled over.

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Conservative activists around the country have attacked Common Core for not including cursive instruction. However, Tennessee education officials say state standards have never mandated cursive. Credit: Josh Hallet via Flickr

Meet The Mom Pushing To Require Tennessee Students To Know Cursive

by / on March 17, 2014

Tennessee school children may soon be required to learn cursive, which has never been mandated. A family from Columbia is responsible for making handwriting a legislative issue.

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Dr. Candice McQueen was dean of Lipscomb's College of Education until she was recently named senior vice president overseeing Lipscomb Academy. Credit: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce via Flickr

Lipscomb Academy Chief Advocates For Common Core, But Not At Her School

by / on February 10, 2014

One of Tennessee’s biggest cheerleaders for Common Core has not pushed to adopt the education standards in the private school she now leads.

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Left-Leaning Education Advocates Join Common Core Resistance In Tennessee

Left-Leaning Education Advocates Join Common Core Resistance In Tennessee

by / on January 27, 2014

Pushback to Common Core State Standards has been led primarily by conservatives until now.

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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Schulz speaks at a press conference, announcing the formation of Businesses for Tennessee Prosperity. The group says it's already raised over $100,000 to lobby lawmakers and run ads in support of Common Core.

In New Ad, Pro Common Core Group Touts TN Education Progress

by / on January 23, 2014

A Tennessee businesses group supporting Common Core education standards is taking to the airwaves. A new radio ad features a conversation between two actors, portraying a teacher and a parent.

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Community members wishing to review textbooks used in Tennessee schools can actually visit one of ten "review sites," housed mostly at universities, including Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State. Credit: freebooks.com via Flickr

TN Lawmakers Comb Textbooks For ‘Indoctrination’

by / on November 4, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers are spending the next two days making sure classroom textbooks are “tools of education, not indoctrination.” Those are the words of Senate Education Committee chair Dolores Gresham, who will lead the hearings.

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Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

by / on September 25, 2013

Common Core will be the most “complicated” and “important” debate in the upcoming session of the Tennessee legislature. That’s according to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who predicts the General Assembly will want to make some tweaks.

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Common Core’s Loudest Opponents Come From Outside Of Tennessee

Common Core’s Loudest Opponents Come From Outside Of Tennessee

by / on September 20, 2013

For and against, for and against. Tennessee lawmakers swayed between supporters of Common Core and opponents in a day-long hearing Friday. Many of those testifying have been debating the education standards in other states.

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PARCC stands for "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." According to a July 2013 Power Point, the test will be given in at least 20 states that have adopted Common Core standards, including Tennessee. Credit: biologycorner via Flickr.

TN Ed Chief Promises To ‘Zealously’ Protect Common Core Test Data

by / on September 20, 2013

Common Core detractors have raised concerns about data mining through new tests associated with the standards. Tennessee’s Department of Education is responding by promising to retain control of student information.

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Members listened to the standards being read for nearly five hours. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

TN Common Core Hearing Starts With A Yawn: Reading The Standards

by / on September 19, 2013

A much-anticipated legislative hearing over Tennessee’s use of Common Core began with an afternoon-long recitation of the Common Core math and reading standards.

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Standing room only at Thursday's legislative hearing on Common Core. Many wear stickers with a half-eaten apple that say "Stop Common Core." Others have stickers supporting the standards. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Common Core Backers Try To Head Off Criticism Ahead Of Tennessee Hearings

by / on September 19, 2013

State lawmakers begin two days of hearings over Common Core in Tennessee Thursday afternoon. With critics on both the left and right, supporters of the new education standards are rallying at the state capitol ahead of time and planning to pack the hearing room. 

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TN Governor Prepares For ‘Battle’ With Right And Left Over Common Core

TN Governor Prepares For ‘Battle’ With Right And Left Over Common Core

by / on September 17, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam finds himself in a political crossfire over Common Core. He says this week’s legislative hearing on the new education standards will show both liberals and conservatives are upset, for their own reasons. 

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It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

TN Common Core Critics Turn To Social Studies With Math And Reading Standards In Place

by / on September 16, 2013

Conservative activists say there’s plenty to dislike about Common Core math and reading standards now in place in Tennessee. But they have even more objections with science and history.

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The Hidden Cost Of Common Core Testing In Tennessee: Computers

The Hidden Cost Of Common Core Testing In Tennessee: Computers

by / on August 5, 2013

Tennessee school systems are beginning to realize just how many more computers they’ll need as standardized tests move online. And they’re complaining about a lack of state funding for the upgrade.

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Easiest Way To Ease Concerns About Common Core Standards: Read Them, Huffman Says

Easiest Way To Ease Concerns About Common Core Standards: Read Them, Huffman Says

by / on August 2, 2013

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman continues to spend time calming fears about national Common Core standards. Today he told county officials from around the state how to disarm those who – in his words – may be “misinformed.”

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State Preps to Begin Common Core Adoption

State Preps to Begin Common Core Adoption

by / on March 2, 2012

State education officials are preparing to implement the next big phase of reforms. The Common Core standards that will be used in every classroom by 2014.

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State Board of Education Votes to Adopt Common Core Standards

by / on August 2, 2010

Tennessee education leaders are preparing to tweak the academic standards for the state’s students, even as they finish implementing the latest set of changes. The new standards will align Tennessee more closely with the rest of the country.

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