Tennessee House votes unanimously to repeal, replace Common Core

Tennessee state capitol

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee House members voted 97-0 Monday to repeal and replace the state's Common Core education standards with a bill that enshrines Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's current review process but adds a new 10-member commission to oversee it.

Republicans hope the bill, which is expected to come before the Senate today, will finally put to rest wide-spread criticism among the GOP's base on the states-initiated Common Core standards for math and English language arts. The standards were later embraced by President Barack Obama.

Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, thanked Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, for his solution to a problem that has bedeviled majority Republicans for the past three years.

"It will once and for all put this state on the road to have Tennessee-based standards written by Tennesseans," Hill said of Spivey's solution, which Spivey once called an "epiphany."