published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Vote to repeal Common Core fails in Tennessee House panel

NASHVILLE — A straight up vote to repeal Tennessee's Common Core education standards failed in a House panel late this afternoon.

House Education Subcommittee members voted 7-2 against the proposal, sponsored by Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale.

The vote came as Gov. Bill Haslam hit schools in East, Middle and West Tennessee to rescue the program. Last week on the House floor, an unlikely combination of hard-right Republicans, Tea Party adherents and Democrats joined together and hijacked a measure dealing with the teaching of history and inserted a two-year delay of Common Core standards and the related PARCC testing.

That bill has returned to the Senate.

Later, Womick's effort to repeal PARCC testing failed on a 6-3 vote in the subcommittee.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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