Haslam, legislative speakers call education summit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit to discuss education changes in Tennessee. The Sept. 18 event titled "Progress of the Past, Present and Future" will involve elected officials and representatives from 24 organizations focusing on K-12 and higher education and business leaders. Haslam said the meeting is meant to review the ongoing education overhaul in Tennessee and plan for the future. Some of those changes, like the Common Core education standards and related testing requirements, have received criticism from both tea party groups and teachers unions and became election fodder in legislative primaries earlier this month.