Lawmakers Demand Education Commissioner Huffman Resign -- Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 10:55 PM CDT
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More than a dozen Tennessee lawmakers are pushing for the state education commissioner Kevin Huffman to be pushed out office. In a four page letter sent to Governor Bill Haslam, the group demands Huffman resign. They are also accusing him of poor judgment like on standardized test results.
The letter signed by Representative Rick Womick and 15 others states in part: there's "a complete lack of trust " in Huffman and the department.
Rep. Rick Womick says, "He's in direct violation of the law. He's not fulfilling obligation, his oath to the office."
According to Womick, the final straw came with the recent delay in releasing TCAP scores.
The Department of Education released a statement today saying local school districts received "quick scores" four days later than expected.
Womick says, "They're dumbing down America with the Common Core state standards. Now with the test results showing common core isn't working they're very upset."
Representative Womick says private schools enrollment in his district are doubling because of parents pulling students out of public education.
Womick says, "We want to make Tennessee Public Education the best in the country but we're not going down that road and with the leadership of commissioner Huffman we're failing."
David Smith, Haslam spokesman released this statement: "Education is one of the most serious issues for the future of our state, and the governor believes there is a more productive way to discuss something so significant than through a letter by a small group of legislators more interested in trying to get headlines than substance. Our office reached out to several of these members earlier in the week to discuss their concerns, and it is disappointing they chose a political stunt instead of constructive dialogue."
Rep. Womick says he and other lawmakers tried to work with Kevin Huffman and the state during this year's session.