Compromise legislation keeps Tennessee academic standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says an agreement has been reached on legislation that would keep the state’s current academic standards intact.

The Blountville Republican told reporters on Thursday that the agreement was made this week.

The state’s standards include the controversial Common Core standards for English and math intended to make students more competitive.

Conservative critics argue that the standards represent federal intrusion in matters that should be decided by the state, while those on the left say they impose too many requirements on teachers.

At least one Tennessee bill proposed this session sought to repeal the state’s standards and replace them with ones developed in Tennessee. However, Ramsey said the sponsor of that bill favors the compromise legislation.

The companion to the proposal is advancing in the House.