Co-sponsor changes stance on bill to repeal Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A co-sponsor of legislation to repeal Tennessee’s Common Core standards says the measure is likely to change.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell filed the proposal in November.

Gresham, a Republican, told The Associated Press on Thursday that she’s now OK with the higher benchmarks in English and math after talking with teachers and other educators who have convinced her that the tougher standards are helping students.

The standards spell out what students should know and when. They have been adopted by most of the states, and are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.

Bell, also a Republican, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.