NASHVILLE, April 21, 2015– Yesterday, in a bipartisan vote, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously (97:0) to repeal Common Core. Today, the Tennessee State Senate followed with a (27:1) vote in favor of repeal.
I set out on a mission to do everything in my power to repeal Common Core in State of Tennessee this year. This was not an easy fight. Special interest groups from all over America fought us every step of the way, but we prevailed.
The Tenth Amendment is very clear on where the power of education is delegated, and it is not to the federal government. With your help, we were able to restore our Tenth Amendment rights, and bring education back to the local level.
In addition to repealing Common Core, this bill puts even more control back in the hands of families, local schools and the State of Tennessee, which is exactly where it belongs.
HB1035 reads, in part, “WHEREAS, these new Tennessee academic standards shall be adopted and fully implemented in Tennessee public schools in the 2017–2018 school year, at which time the previously adopted set of standards shall be rescinded.”
HB1035 also increases accountability by mandating that all standards committee appointees be confirmed by the House of Representatives and Senate.
I thank each and every one of you for all of your hard work on this issue. When I first ran for office, I promised that your voice would be heard here in Nashville. I will continue to fight for our values each and every day.