BREAKING: Tennessee Legislature Repeals Common Core

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NASHVILLE, April 21, 2015– Yes­ter­day, in a bipar­ti­san vote, the Ten­nessee House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly (97:0) to repeal Com­mon Core. Today, the Ten­nessee State Sen­ate fol­lowed with a (27:1) vote in favor of repeal.

This leg­is­la­tion is a tem­plate for all states to begin a much need­ed jour­ney of sep­a­ra­tion from fed­er­al­ly gen­er­at­ed stan­dards and an invi­ta­tion to embrace each states’ own con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly del­e­gat­ed author­i­ty to serve its cit­i­zens at its own will,” said HB1035 chief spon­sor Rep. Bil­ly Spivey (R‑Lewisburg). “As our founders and God sure­ly intended.”

HB1035 reads, in part, “WHEREAS, these new Ten­nessee aca­d­e­m­ic stan­dards shall be adopt­ed and ful­ly imple­ment­ed in Ten­nessee pub­lic schools in the 2017–2018 school year, at which time the pre­vi­ous­ly adopt­ed set of stan­dards shall be rescinded.”

I set out on a mis­sion to do every­thing in my pow­er to repeal Com­mon Core in State of Ten­nessee this year,” said HB1035 chief co-spon­sor Rep. Andy Holt (R‑Dresden). “In addi­tion to repeal­ing Com­mon Core, this bill puts even more con­trol back in the hands of fam­i­lies, local schools and the State of Ten­nessee, which is exact­ly where it belongs.”

HB1035 also increas­es account­abil­i­ty by man­dat­ing that all stan­dards com­mit­tee appointees be con­firmed by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Senate.

Both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans in my dis­trict are strong­ly against Com­mon Core,” said co-spon­sor Rep. Bryan Ter­ry (R‑Murfreesboro).” I am proud to have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to amend this leg­is­la­tion in order to ensure that the intent was indeed to com­plete­ly rescind Com­mon Core from the State of Ten­nessee. Ten­nessee fam­i­lies, teach­ers and leg­is­la­tors will now be able to cre­ate their own stan­dards, and for that I am thankful.”

The bill now awaits Repub­li­can gov­er­nor Bill Haslam’s signature.