TN NAACP leader backs Common Core standards

Tennessee NAACP leaders are supporting Common Core standards as a step toward equity for lower income, minority students, reports the Jackson Sun.

“The needs for high standards and quality schools and teachers is universal,” said Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP. “But in the United States low income students and students of color are disproportionately taught in low performance schools and are not gaining knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and the work force.”

The forum was held Thursday at Lane College to discuss the Common Core State Standards.

…All five panelists supported the standards, saying they will help students graduate high school prepared for college or a career.

Clarence Boone, president of the Jackson-Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce, said he has known students who came into Madison County who had nothing left to learn from Jackson-Madison County Schools.

“And when they would leave, they would be so far behind that it would almost be embarrassing,” Boone said. “I think that Common Core is the answer if we can get all the pieces together.”

Sweet-Love said the standards would force educators to set high goals for their students and would keep students from falling behind if they moved to a different state or school district.

“Common, high academic standards offer us tremendous potential for bridging the gaps facing our children and our nation,” Sweet-Love said.