- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Common Core bill passes House 81-9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee’s Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students has passed the House.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville was overwhelmingly approved 81-9 Monday evening.

The standards are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.

They have been voluntarily adopted by 45 states. Tennessee adopted them in 2010 and began a three-year phase-in the following year.

One of the main criticisms of the standards is that they could lead to the sharing of personally identifiable student data with the federal government. Dunn’s proposal seeks to prevent that.

An amendment to repeal the Common Core standards in Tennessee was withdrawn.

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Fiscal Review Committee bill delayed in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would change the time frame the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee has to provide a fiscal analysis of a bill has been delayed.

The measures sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark White of Memphis was debated for a while on the House floor Monday evening before lawmakers voted to send it back to the House State Government Committee.

The Fiscal Review Committee prepares a “fiscal note” on each bill introduced, providing an estimate on the costs - if any - to state and local governments from enactment.

The legislation sought to remove the requirement that the fiscal note be done in 10 days from the introduction of a bill, and instead be completed once the measure is scheduled to be debated on the House or Senate floor.

The companion bill is waiting to be heard by the full Senate.

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