Weather Alert

CODE YELLOW: Wintry Mix Possible

A wintry mix is possible Thursday morning. It could cause minor problems in the morning commute. We're not expecting a lot of precipitation, but even a light drizzle with temperatures around the freezing mark could cause some slick spots.

WEATHER ALERT

Weather Alert Radar

WZTV - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Parents Rally to End Common Core - John Dunn

Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5 am and News at 9 pm.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is an outcry from some parents about Common Core in the classroom. The issue has divided educators, lawmakers and parents, but a vote on Thursday could kill the controversial standards. A group of House members is trying to force a vote to repeal Common Core.

About 200 people came to War Memorial Plaza Wednesday carrying signs and waving flags. They were calling for change.

Common Core is a new set of education standards in English and math, and it is being taught in public schools in Tennessee and 45 other states. The goal is for students to be better prepared for college or the workforce, but some parents feel it is the wrong choice. "I do not like the idea that Washington is going to come in and dictate to Tennesseans what we need to know," says parent Carmen Chandler.

Many people at Wednesday's rally believe Common Core teaches principles that violate their personal beliefs, and will not help their children. "I think the choices that are being made nationally are poor choices for our kids, and it's actually lowering the standards of what we're going to be able to do in order to help our kids achieve higher goals," says parent Denise McLain.

The Senate education committee delayed a vote on repealing part of Common Core, but the House is expected to debate the issue Thursday morning.
  
Supporters of the standards, like teacher Casie Jones, are coming to its defense. "It's so we can say look at our students and see what they can do, and they can compete on any market, anywhere, at any level," says Jones.

Jones says Common Core will help students compete with others around the country, but some parents believe a national program is not the right answer for Tennessee. "Those of us who've been there, who see the work coming home, we're saying it's time for a war on Core," says parent Julie West.

Common Core has opponents on both the Democrat and Republican side of the aisle.They will all gather at 9am Thursday to try and repeal these standards in Tennessee.

For news updates follow John Dunn on twitter @WZTVJohnDunn

Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.