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Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, said states are tired of Washington calling the shots when it comes to what teachers learn and how they are evaluated. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday came out against President Obama's new paid family-leave policy, saying the cost was to high for businesses. (Associated Press)

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"I'd like to have the president's signature on it before summer," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, of No Child Left Behind. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) speaks at the Beretta ground breaking ceremony in Gallatin, Tn. on August 28, 2014. (Washington Times, Martin B. Cherry)

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C.O.O. and G.M. of Beretta U.S.A. Corporation Jeff Cooper and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) speak after the ground breaking ceremony of the new Beretta facility in Gallatin, Tn. on August 28, 2014. (Washington Times, Martin B. Cherry)

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In this July 12, 2014 photo, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., takes part in a discussion at the National Governors Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-styled challenges to Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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"I try to do everything through my worldview, my personal relationship with God, and am going to surround myself with people who have the same worldview as I do," says Joe Carr, who is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennesee's Republican primary. (Associated Press)

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"I try to do everything through my worldview, my personal relationship with God, and am going to surround myself with people who have the same worldview as I do," says Joe Carr, who is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennesee's Republican primary. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks to supporters during the opening of his re-election campaign headquarters Friday, May 30, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

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Republican Sens. Bob Corker (left) and Lamar Alexander, both of Tennessee, leave a news conference Dec. 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington where they discuss the fiscal cliff. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Lamar Alexander shakes hands with supporters during the opening of his re-election campaign headquarters Friday, May 30, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the opening of Sen. Lamar Alexander's, left, re-election campaign headquarters Friday, May 30, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

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Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks to supporters during the opening of his re-election campaign headquarters Friday, May 30, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)