The word on the street is that there is a SECRET Conference Committee report prepared by Commissioner Huffman (okay, actually, by his lawyer) that not only allows Common Core and PARCC, but locks Tennessee into it because of the deceptive wording and testing criteria.
Not only that, this agreement would give Commissioner Huffman (who is ON the Executive Committee of PARCC) and the TNDOE the power to expand Common Core to include the Next Generation Common Core Science Standards, Social Studies Standards, and those Common Core Sexual Education standards that parents have been freaking out about.
Also very disturbing, things that were promised to be included, like protection for student data, have been so watered down, they are worthless. FERPA is not the safe law everyone thinks it is. FERPA doesn't protect our children against data sharing without parental consent, it just makes it legal for companies and organizations to do so, and there's nothing that parents can do to stop it. This is sickening and scary for parents.
Politicians that vote for this will be just playing right in to their hands, and they know it. This is a deliberate, underhanded move by the administration.
Remember just a few weeks ago?
82 Representatives bravely voted to delay Common Core
88 Representatives wisely voted to delay PARCC
Heads up: They are also trying to SNEAK the VOUCHER bill through on another bill (again).
It is a shame that the leaders of the House & Senate are doing the bidding of Governor Haslam and corporate-interests instead of representing the people that elected them to serve.
Once we get this SECRET CONFERENCE REPORT, we'll send it out for everyone to read.