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leaders across the state have banded together to create a new group called "Businesses for Tennessee Prosperity." Tennessee has joined at least 45 other states to implement Common Core. It creates higher standards aimed at fostering more critical thinking and problem solving skills.
"All of us today need better skilled workers," Gordon Fee of Fee Henderick Entertainment said while flanked by fellow business leaders during a press conference in Legislative Plaza.
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"We having trouble attracting the type of world class employees we need to compete," Clay Thompson, President, Caterpillar, Inc. Insurance Services added.
"We going to be wasting a lot of money on more expensive testing that not going to advance the education of our kids," Gill added.
concerns about Common Core over the summer," Ralph Schulz, President CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce said, "it was important then to start preparing for this effort."
Still, concerned parents have started their own grassroots efforts in opposition.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Businesses leaders are calling Common Core the number one legislative issue.
been notified and implementation is already underway.
This year the PARCC assessments will replace TCAP exams and cost the state at least $5 million more. More money is also being spent on new textbooks that better align with the standards. However some parents take issue with the choices saying some of the passages are inaccurate or even offensive.
"I think there are a lot of problems with Common Core has not been tested," parent Steve Gill explained. "It has not been proven anywhere"
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