On Rep. Fogerty’s Common Core legislation

Columnist Frank Cagle foresees a bill filed by Rep. John Fogerty, R-Athens, as the likely vehicle for making legislative decisions on Common Core standards and likes the idea.

You can go to the legislative website and read it (Note: HERE), but keep in mind that it is a caption bill, subject to being refined and compromised during the committee process — assuming it gets a fair hearing. But in general the bill proposes that the state Board of Education establish committees for elementary, middle school and high school standards for math and English. Each of the three committees would be made up of three public school teachers, one faculty member from higher ed and two parents with children in public schools.

What a concept. Tennessee teachers, professors and parents establishing what the standards should be in the state curriculum — as opposed to Bill Gates, the Chamber of Commerce and noted educational “experts” like Bill Frist.

The standards would be reviewed by outside experts, then posted for perusal by the general public, and once the process is complete it would be up to each school district to decide how best to meet the new standards.

What? Local school districts would be able to decide the best way to achieve higher standards rather than being dictated to by Michelle Rhee or Arne Duncan? What a concept.

…HB3 could be a vehicle to achieve what legislators want and what the administration wants — higher standards implemented without controversy and fully supported by the rank-and-file educators.

Note: The bill, as written, is actually not a great departure from Haslam’s proposal. Basically, both have the same premise – put off any decision this year and study things until there’s a set of “Tennessee standards” that can be decoupled from the toxic “Common Core” title.