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House Votes To Delay Common Core -- Sky Arnold

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Nashville, Tenn -- The Tennessee State House voted to delay implementing new Common Core Standards and testing on those standards until July 2016.

Common Core is a new set of education standards that's being phased in in Tennessee and 45 other states to help better prepare students for college or the workforce.

English and Math are already phased in but Social Studies and Science are not.

The move came from two amendments proposed by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D, Ripley.

"It's just apparent that we're moving too fast and we need to slow down," said Fitzhugh.

The standards have attracted controversy and criticism from parents who believe they don't help children.

Julie West is among those who were happy to see the House take this stand.

"Hopefully legislators are getting the message that parents are waking up and we're not gonna be pushed to the side anymore," said West.

Common Core isn't without its supporters though.

Metro Schools just spent $6 million buying computers to take tests on the new standards.

Representative Pat Marsh is among those who believe those investments are working.

Marsh is among the 6 who voted against Fitzhugh's amendment to hold off on Common Core.

"I think we're on the right track and I don't think we should get off that track," said Marsh.

The State Senate still has to approve the delay.

It also remains to be seen if Governor Bill Haslam will sign the bill that includes the delay.

Fox 17's Sky Arnold was in the House chambers when the vote happened and he will have more from both sides about what it means tonight on Fox 17 News.