- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that seeks to replace the state’s current academic standards is advancing in the state Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Subcommittee on Wednesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

The legislation would replace the state’s current standards with ones developed solely in Tennessee.

The state’s standards include the contentious Common Core standards for English and math intended to make students more competitive. Conservative critics argue that the standards represent federal intrusion into state matters.

Tennessee lawmakers opposed to Common Core say they don’t have a problem with higher academic standards, they just want them to be created at the state level.

Spivey’s proposal would make law a public review process of the standards created by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide