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Senators file bill to repeal Common Core
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NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Republican state senators have filed legislation to repeal the state’s Common Core standards even though Gov. Bill Haslam has called for a public review of the higher benchmarks in English and math.The proposal would set up a Tennessee Standards Commission that would recommend to the Tennessee Board of Education new standards to be used in the state’s K-12 public schools.Senate Education Committee chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Committee chairman Mike Bell said the move is designed to ensure Tennessee students continue to improve by applying the highest standards while exerting state control over education.“It is the next logical step that will take us into the future and ensure that we as Tennesseans have control over our education system,” Gresham told The Associated Press.Common Core is a set of English and math standards that spell out what students should know and when. The standards — which have been adopted by most states — are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.The standards were scrapped this year in Indiana and Oklahoma.