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SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Calls to Curb Common Core in Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A FOX follow up now on an important education story we told you about last night. At least 2 state lawmakers want to put off implementation of new Common Core standards in Tennessee schools. They say local districts can't afford the hefty price tag. A former politician who's been pushing Common Core says it's an investment Tennessee can't afford not to make. Computers like the laptops children are using at Gower Elementary in Bellevue are a big part of the next phase of the Common Core curriculum in Tennessee. Schools who have them are using the technology to help push students forward in math and language arts. Every district in the state is supposed to start using computers for the new PARCC standardized tests beginning this Fall. Price estimates for the technology are as high as $250 million.

Representative Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) authored a bill to force the state to come clean on the real price of Common Core and to foot the bill. Rick Womick (R-Rockvale) wants to put everything on hold until we know a lot more. Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, whose SCORE group received $250,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to push Common Core, believes the state is at a crossroads. Frist sees this as an investment Tennessee has to make.

Brenda Causey is the State Director for Concerned Women for America, a group fighting to kill Common Core and PARCC testing. She says Tennessee bought in without knowing what it was buying. Tennessee agreed to adopt Common Core standards to get $500 million in Race to the Top money to improve our schools. About $50 million of that has been set aside to help buy new technology.

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