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Standards Review Committee or Repeal Common Core Committee? Tennessee Leaders Are Split

The newest standards review panel at the crux of a compromise over Tennessee’s much-discussed academic standards now has its members. But just as interesting as the committee’s lineup is the pointed messaging included in respective press releases from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Gov. Bill Haslam in announcing their appointments. Last week’s fiery press release by Ramsey, who named three people to the panel, refers in the headline to the “Common Core repeal committee” and then states in the release: “The committee was established by the Tennessee General Assembly for the explicit purpose of repealing and replacing the Common Core Standards established in 2010.” He described one of his appointees, Shirley Curry, as a “conservative activist” and invoked “Tennessee values” as being central to the need for an academic overhaul.