published Friday, August 15th, 2014

Koch brothers put Common Core in cross hairs

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    Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at a Tennessee Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Nashville in this March 25, 2014, photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Convinced of wins during last week's elections, a group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers has vowed to continue to spend aggressively in Tennessee in pursuit of derailing Common Core academic standards here.

The Tennessee branch of Americans for Prosperity, a political and lobbying arm founded by conservatives Charles and David Koch, claims it spent $500,000 over the past six weeks targeted at "bringing the issues with Common Core to light" in Tennessee. "And this is just the beginning," the group's state director, Andrew Ogles, said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

The organization pointed specifically to results in Williamson County's school board and state legislative races as evidence the public is "opposed to this one-size-fits-all takeover of the education system."

Read more at The Tennessean.

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