Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sen Henry will not seek reelection. Yarbro and Hollerman likely candidates for seat

In case you missed it:

State Sen. Doug Henry announces he won't seek re-election

State Sen. Douglas Henry, a giant of the state legislature whose tenure goes back s 

Sen. Douglas Henry confirms he will not seek reelection

By Steven Hale, City Paper,Wednesday, May 8, 2013- After first being elected to the state House of Representatives in 1955, Henry has been a fixture in the Senate since 1971. He survived a 2010 primary challenge from Nashville attorney Jeff Yarbro by just 17 votes. Since then, redistricting has reshaped District 21, but it remains a Democratic stronghold.

Yarbro is expected to make another run at the seat, and Metro Councilman Jason Holleman is widely assumed...(link)

My Comment: This represents the passing of an era.  Senator Henry may be the last of the reasonable, responsible, genteel, Southern, fiscally and socially conservative Democrats.  I have always had the utmost respect for Senator Henry.  He is a statesman and I honor him for his service to our State.

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Sumner County Republican women to host Common Core forum

Hendersonville/Gallatin, TN– Sumner County Republican Women Join the Sumner County Republican Women’s Club as they host Academia and Educators from our state to discuss Common Core. There has been a lot of speculation about the program from organizations outside the state. We would like to open up the dialog about specifics within our state. Our meeting will be held on Saturday May 18th at 9:00 AM at the Bluegrass Country Club. As our seating is limited, you will need to RSVP to JoAnne Kemp @ 826-0694 or Sharon Johnson @ 972-4120. Continental Breakfast will be provided for $8.75.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Kathleen Starnes on the firing of Albert Tieche: Shame on all of you.

From Kathleen Starnes, former chair of the Davidson County Republican Party, as posted on Facebook:
I am so disappointed with Mark Goins and Tre Hargett interfering with Davidson Co Election Commission. It was very personal with Mark and a terrific AOE Albert Tieche. Ron Buchanan was Mark's whipping boy. Mark is out of his league and it is only a matter of time before he is removed. No one on this committee has ever even worked in the polls and they are making a decision after being appointed after 30 DaysI understand Tre Hargett has bigger ambitions but after this, dog catcher is not in his leagues. I am also not happy with Speaker Beth Harwell.  Ron Buchanan was her choice. Ron was so rude today. I was embarrassed for my party. Ron Buchanan needs to be removed. He is a liberal. His votes would not qualify him to even be on the Executive Board of the Republican Party. Shame on all of you.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Video of the Albert Tieche firing. Ron Buchanan, what a Jerk.

Watch this short video of the Election Commission at this link: Albert-Tieche-fired-by-Election-Commission

Ron Buchanan's behavior and treatment of Albert Tieche is disgusting. I am proud of Jim Gotto for telling Buchanan, "Quite frankly, I think your tone is inappropriate." 

Buchanan is a bully! I am disappointed with the Republican elected officials who appointed Buchanan.  I assume the responsibility for that appointment goes to Beth Harwell. The process should have been allowed to run its course. I am not feeling very supportive of Beth Harwell right now. Maybe Beth Harwell needs to be replaces as speaker.  Maybe she needs a primary opponent.

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Common Core and Agenda 21

by Rod Williams, May 9, 2019 COMMON CORE IS AGENDA 21 - DEMOCRATS AGAINST U. N. ...
Common Core is an integral part of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development: globalization is the standardization of systems. Whether the system is law ...

I knew the tinfoil hat brigade would tie Common Core to Agenda 21. I just knew it!  I'm still waiting to see the connection to Sharia Law, the NAFTA superhighway, Chem trails, the Bilderbergs, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspartame, Fluoride, and the Federal Reserve. If you dig deep enough and really believe it, you can find the connections. 

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Gotto tells Chairman, you lost my respect and trust.

Commissioner Jim Gotto resigned during the meeting and criticized others for seemingly fast-tracking the firing of Tieche. Gotto told the commission's chairman that he had lost his "respect and trust." (link)

My Comment: Good for Jim Gotto.

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Election Commissioin fires Albert Tische! Jim Gotto to resign from the Election Commission!

Davidson County Election Administrator Albert Tieche Voted Out, 3-9-2013, NASHVILLE, TN. - The Davidson County Election Commission voted to fire Election Administrator Albert Tieche at a specially-called meeting Thursday. The motion passed 4-1.

Recently State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins wrote a report that blamed Albert Tieche for the county's handling of the 2012 elections.

After the announcement, Election Commissioner Jim Gotto announced he would step down as a result of the vote. He was appointed just a month ago.(read more)

Davidson Co. election commission fires administrator

Reported by Carley Gordon, May 09, 2013, NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -...The 4-1 vote came as the commission addressed controversy surrounding the Davidson County Aug. 2, 2012, primary.

Also during the meeting, Commissioner Jim Gotto, who was appointed to serve on the commission last month, offered his resignation. (link)

My Comment: This is a damn shame.

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What students will read under Common Core

I am not joining those calling for putting a stop to common core. I think it is, on balance, a positive development. I don't think it is a U.N. plot to take away our sovereignty, or an attempt to impose Sharia law, or part of Agenda 21. Not every new development is part of some grand conspiracy. However, that does not mean I am totally happy with it.  Common Core’s English standards stress nonfiction over literature. According to Common Core, by grade twelve, seventy percent of what students read should be informational rather than literary.  I don't like that young people will be less exposed to great literature and instead be required to read boring government documents. I have to read boring government documents. It may make them hate reading.  That is my fear, but I am going to trust the experts on this.

There is still some challenging reading on the reading recommendations list. If eleventh graders are reading Crime and Punishment and Don Quixote and Farewell to Arms, I don't think we are "dumbing down" our kids.  Also, if kids are reading the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, C. K. Chesterton, H. L. Mencken, and Alexis de Tocqueville, I do not think one can say this is a plot to turn them into liberal mind-numbed robots. Those selections should warm the heart of conservatives. Not that there are not some selections with a liberal bias also, but on balance it is not a bad list.

Below is the suggested reading list for eleventh graders.  Look at it.   I have highlighted some of the selection I especially or that I like or that I am glad to see on the list.

Grades 11–CCR Text Exemplars

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales
de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.”
Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron.”
Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor
Chekhov, Anton. “Home.”
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths.”
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
Garcia, Cristina. Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake


Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun
Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play
Poetry Li Po. “A Poem of Changgan.”
Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”
Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America.”
Keats, John. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.”
Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”
Tagore, Rabindranath. “Song VII.”
Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Pound, Ezra. “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.”
Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.”
Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit.”
Bishop, Elizabeth. “Sestina.”
Ortiz Cofer, Judith. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica.”
Dove, Rita. “Demeter’s Prayer to Hades.”
Collins, Billy. “Man Listening to Disc.”

Informational Texts: English Language Arts 

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense
Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence United States.
The Bill of Rights (Amendments One through Ten of the United States Constitution)
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden Emerson,
Ralph Waldo. “Society and Solitude.”
Porter, Horace. “Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 9th, 1865.”
Chesterton, G. K. “The Fallacy of Success.”
Mencken, H. L. The American Language, 4th Edition
Wright, Richard. Black Boy
Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.”
Hofstadter, Richard. “Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth.”
Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.”
Anaya, Rudolfo. “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry.”

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies 

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America
Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference
Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?:
An Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.”
An American Primer. Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin Lagemann,
Ellen Condliffe. “Education.”
McPherson, James M. What They Fought For 1861–1865
The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition
Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography
McCullough, David. 1776
Bell, Julian. Mirror of the World: A New History of Art
FedViews by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects 

Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Tyson, Neil deGrasse. “Gravity in Reverse: The Tale of Albert Einstein’s ‘Greatest Blunder.’”
Calishain, Tara, and Rael Dornfest. Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching, 2nd Edition Kane, Gordon. “The Mysteries of Mass.”
Fischetti, Mark. “Working Knowledge: Electronic Stability Control.”
U.S. General Services Administration. Executive Order 13423:
Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management
Kurzweil, Ray. “The Coming Merger of Mind and Machine.”
Gibbs, W. Wayt. “Untangling the Roots of Cancer.”
Gawande, Atul. “The Cost Conundrum: Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.”

For more see the following links:
Here’s what kids will read under Common Core.
List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts Text Exemplars

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Tennessee number one state in which to retire.

That's right, Tennessee hits our No.1 spot. Its cost of living is the second lowest in the country, just behind Oklahoma, according to data collected from the Council for Community and Economic Research. And the Tax Foundation puts Tennessee's state and local tax burden as the third lowest in the nation.
Tennessee also ranked among the best in the country for access to medical care, and its weather is warmer than average.

All of those factors make Tennessee an excellent place for retirees, especially those on a tight budget and fixed income. There is still one main drawback, however. Tennessee's crime rate is among the worst in the U.S.

My Comment: This is another indication we are doing things right. Also, this did not mention that it is much cheaper to die in Tennessee than in Florida and some other retirement destinations since we have slashed the death tax. Don't worry about the crime rate. That is mostly Black-on-Black crime and white meth drug user and meth dealer crime. You really will not notice that we have a high crime rate. Our education system is still near the bottom, but if you are considering retirement, you probably don't have kids in school so you won't notice our poor public education system. Plus, Tennessee is a beautiful state, especially middle Tennessee eastward with some of the most breathtaking scenery and waterfalls and hiking trails and lakes. Come to Tennessee!

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Jihad in America: The Grand Deception is nearly here.


*** Update  from  the  TFC ***

Rod -
Consider this your Call to Action. We need to spread the word about this event, and we need to do it quickly.

Jihad in America: The Grand Deception is nearly here. If you have not already registered for this event, DO IT NOW. Tickets are running out, and  they will be unavailable after Friday, May 10th. That means you have three days, but don't wait that long. Register now.
Now for the Call to Action.
Send this email to two of your friends.

Pick people who have a genuine love of country, but have been on the fence about getting personally involved. Now is the time to bring them into the action. We must begin by educating others, and this a perfect starting point. We MUST bring the truth about Islam, and the threat that Islam holds for the American way of life, into the conversation with many voices.

Islam is an extremely dangerous ideology. There is no denying this. But we must to do more to explain the truth about Islam. We need to be prepared with facts. This premiere will be a great step in learning the necessary information.

Please read the flier below for all of the information you will need about the film premiere. This is very important. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Board of Directors
Tennessee Freedom Coalition


Disclaimer: From time to time A Disgruntled Republican may post announcements of interest to the conservative, libertarian, or greater community. Such announcements are posted as a public service to spread awareness and do not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

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Southeast Nashville Conservatives' Breakfast Club SATURDAY, May 18th, 2013

SATURDAY, May 18th, 2013
Breakfast/Social (8:30 am - 9:00 am) Meeting (9:00 am - 10:00 am) 
Shoney's (Antioch) Bell Road/Mt. View Road (I-24E - Bell Road Exit) 
Special Guests: 2013 - 2014 DCRP Executive Board & Councilman Duane Dominy & Councilman Robert Duvall 
"Discussion of Mayor's Proposed Budget" 
Thank you, Pat Carl 
Join the Party!!! Visit

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Davidson County GOP takes no position on Albert Tieche controversy

May 7, 2013 (NASHVILLE, TN) - Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Robert Duvall issued the following statement in response to the controversy surrounding the Davidson County Election Commission:

The Davidson County Republican Party has taken no position with regard to administrative issues or staffing decisions that fall under the jurisdiction of the Davidson County Election Commission. As a partisan organization, it is not within our mission or goals to interfere in the deliberations of an official government organization. Any communication disseminated from sources other than the current elected leadership of the party does not represent policy or views of the DCRP in this matter.

As Nashvillians, we all share a desire to have elections conducted fairly, impartially and in a professional manner. Political considerations have, for too many years, interfered with the proper conduct of elections in Davidson County and the DCRP believes fair elections must be the standard we aspire to. I am confident that this situation will be resolved in a timely manner based on facts and by individuals who wish to see full confidence restored to the operations of the Davidson County Election Commission.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

What's happening at the Metro Council on May 7th

You can get your own copy of the Metro council meeting agenda at this link: Metro Council Agenda. You can find the analysis at this link: Metro Council Agenda Analysis. Council meetings can be really, really boring if you don't know what the Council is voting on. With an agenda and analysis, they are just boring.

Bills on Public Hearing: There are thirteen bills on public hearing. Most of them should interest no one but immediate neighbors of the proposed rezoning except for the following bills which are of general interest and may generate some interest.

  •  BILL NO. BL2013-402 amends the Metro Code concerning various waste management land uses. It modifies the zoning districts within which construction and demolition (C&D) landfills are permitted and modifies setback requirements, landscape buffer requirements, and operating hour restrictions applicable to these landfills. This bill is to be deferred prior to the public hearing.
  • BILL NO. BL2013-403 limits the amount of lighting that can cover a buildings roof or walls. 
  • BILL NO. BL2013-418 modifies which zoning districts specific automobile related uses are permitted.
  • BILL NO. BL2013-419 concerns the set back requirement and "bulk" of the building permitted on lots which happen to be smaller than the standard lot for that particular zoning classification.

Resolutions: There are sixteen resolutions all of which are on the consent agenda. A resolution is put on the consent agenda if it is likely to be non-controversial and it stays on the consent agenda if it passes the committees to which it was assigned unanimously. Resolutions on the consent agenda are usually not controversial and tend to be routine matters, such as accepting grants from the Federal or State Government or authorizing the Department of Law to settle claims against the city or appropriating money from the 4% fund. Resolutions on the consent agenda are passed by a single vote of the Council rather than being considered individually. However, any member of the body may have a bill pulled off of the consent agenda. I do not expect any to be pulled off of the consent agenda. I don't see any controversial resolution and would not expect any opposition. However, there are couple bills that are worth noting.
  • RESOLUTION NO. RS2013-670 establishes the certified tax rate in both the General Services District and the Urban Services District. State law requires that following a general reappraisal that a new tax rate be established that brings in no more revenue than the tax rate prior to the reappraisal. 
  • RESOLUTION NO. RS2013-681 appropriates over $6 million from the General Fund Reserve Fund for the purchase of equipment and building repairs for various departments. That is a lot of money, but this is routine and that is how equipment and repairs are paid for.

Bills on First reading almost always pass. There are twenty-one bills on first reading. They are considered as a group and are seldom discussed. First reading is a formality that allows the bill to be considered. Bills are not assigned to committee or analyzed by council staff until after they have passed first reading. I have not carefully reviewed the bills on first reading, but will before second reading.

Bills on Second Reading: It is on Second reading, after bills have been to committee, that discussion usually takes place. There are thirteen bills on second reading. Below are a couple worth noting:
  • BILL NO. BL2012-291 amends the definition of “recycling facility” to clarify that it does not include the conversion of material into a fuel product or asphalt. Public works says this bill is not necessary since state regulations to not permit a C & D landfill to have an incinerator anyway.
  • BILL NO. BL2013-420 creates a small business economic development incentive grant program. As you are probably aware, Metro Council has been picking winner and looser by bribing big companies not to leave metro and "enticing" big companies to expand or relocate to Davidson County. Some have argued that this is wrong and the same enticements should be offered to small businesses. I do see this policy as a problem. By paying companies to locate or not to leave we create an incentive whereby a company would be foolish to move here unless they get their pay-off and we have created an incentive for companies to threaten to leave unless we pay them to stay. Unfortunately, it is hard to stop playing this game since other cities are also playing it. Cities have created an environment where they have to pay the incentive or another city that does pay the incentive will get the big corporate headquarter relocations and manufacturing plants. I don't think the way to fix this problem is to expand it to small businesses. This bill is to be deferred one meeting to track with the budget ordinance.
  • BILL NO. BL2013-423 would swap some Metro land for some State land. The land that the School for the Arts sits on and the land that will be the site of the future STEM charter school located on the old Tennessee Preparatory School site on Foster Ave, would be swapped for the old Ben West Library site downtown at Eighth and Union Ave . Metro now owns the library and the State owns the TPS site. It is unusual that a bill is discussed on first reading, but last council meeting this one was. Councilman Bo Mitchell argued against it, arguing that it was an uneven swap and Metro was getting a poor deal, however he may have been motivated by his dislike of charter schools. (See his remarks at this link.) There is also some opposition to tearing down the old Ben West library because some preservationist consider the building architecturally significant. The most persuasive argument against the deal is that there is a deed restriction that requires the site to be used as a library or revert to the heirs of those who gave the land to Metro to be used as a library. I think deed restrictions should be honored as a matter of principle but as a matter of practicality we should not move forward with this deal until the title issues have been resolved. I expect this bill to be deferred.

Bills on Third Reading: Third Reading is the final reading. If a bill passes third reading it becomes law unless it is vetoed by the Mayor, which has only rarely happened.
  • BILL NO. BL2012-292 would liberalize the policy on home recording studios. It adds a new land use specific to home recording studios and would permit studios to have up to ten clients, customers, musicians, or other visitors come to the property per day. Sufficient off street parking would have to be provided and home recording studios would be subject to the residential noise restrictions in the Metro code. The ordinance would retain the existing prohibition on signage. This issue was before the council on public hearing on December 4th, 2012 when it generated a lot of comment. I support this bill. I think we should support the music industry and our song writer and musician neighbors. This bill passed on a voice vote on second reading but some council members have concerns about it and it could be close on third reading.

There are eight memorializing resolutions, but none of them seem controversial. Most of the time memorializing resolutions simply honor someone or congratulate someone but some time they are controversial and put the city on record endorsing a particularly controversial policy issue. They are often not taken very seriously but should be. Memorializing resolutions become part of the consent agenda and considered with other resolutions if no one objects and they pass the committee to which they are assigned.
  • RESOLUTION NO. RS2013-665 would create within the council a "residential caucus" to "address municipal issues of the resident citizens of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County." I do not see the necessity of this bill at all.

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Republicans, Democrats jump into the fray over Albert Tieche’s future

Republicans, Democrats jump into the fray over Albert Tieche’s future

by Michael Cass, The Tennessean, May 6th, 2013 - The possibility that Davidson County Election Administrator Albert Tieche will get fired Thursday has brought out partisans on both sides of the aisle. Kathleen Starnes, former chair of the Davidson County Republican Party, is one of several GOP members who have written emails to election commissioners in support of Tieche, another Republican.

In her email to the election commission’s chairman, Republican Ron Buchanan, Starnes talks about the importance of “a higher standard for Republican county officials.”

..... in a message first reported Saturday by blogger Rod Williams at A Disgruntled Republican.....(link)

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Rowdy crowd express opposition at forum on Common Core in Franklin.

Last week in Franklin a panel of education experts met to deliver a presentations and answer questions about the state-adopted common core standards. I was not there but as the Williamson Herald reported it, " a growing buzz of dissension among a faction of the crowd overshadowed panelists’ discussion, eventually resulting in outbursts from the audience."

The panel consisted of  Kevin Huffman, commissioner for the Tennessee State Department of Education; Williamson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney; president and CEO of of the non-profit organization State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), Jamie Woodson;  a regional math coordinator, David Williams; and president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Kenrose Elementary, Jane McGrath. The meeting took place at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.

Here is the story:  Vocal dissenters overshadow Common Core forum

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The Tennessean: Take a closer look at Common Core, TN's new classroom standards

Take a closer look at Common Core, TN's new classroom standards

 By Heidi Hall, The Tennessean, May 6, 2013 - Williamson County has become a flashpoint in the debate over the Common Core State Stand­ards, adopted three years ago in Tennessee but now gaining attention as they begin to be imple­mented. Tennessee students will be tested on the new standards beginning in spring 2015.

Forty-five states have adopted the standards, which supporters say means Tennessee students will be learning on a higher level and at the same rate as their peers across the nation. Opponents fear the process centralizes education instead of leaving decisions up to individual states and will result in lower performance. Here are the facts parents need to know: (link)

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

The Tennessean: Common Core lifts TN's chances

In case you missed it:

Common Core lifts TN's chances

The Tennessean, May 5, 2013 - There is really just one main question for the throngs of upset parents who have spoken out against the Common Core State Standards at public meetings over the past week:

Where have they been until now?

Common Core has been in the works since 2008, as a set of expectations for what each student should know in each grade through 12. Tennessee political, business and educational leaders had loudly called for more rigorous education standards, because the measurements for progress in Tennessee’s schools gave a false impression of success.(link)

My Comment: 
I am coming to the conclusion that common core is a positive development and  that it is not a takeover or nationalization of education. It does not create a national curriculum but a set of benchmarks as to what a student should know at what grade level. America is falling behind in the world in education. Something must be done. Unfortunately, Tennessee is close to the bottom in education rankings.  An "A" student in Tennessee may be "D" student is some other states.  America is too mobile of a country and too interconnected to not have some expectation that that people across the Nation have a common core of knowledge at different points in their education. Please, before you jump on the anti-common core bandwagon, take time to study the issue.

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