The Bradley County commission believes the common core standards taught in classrooms is counterproductive and insufficient.
In a meeting on Tuesday, those commissioners voted to ask state representatives not to support the common core curriculum that's currently being implemented in Tennessee classrooms. The same curriculum is being implemented in dozens of other states across the country.
We found parents Thursday who support the current common core taught in classrooms in Bradley County and across Tennessee. Richard Hogan says it's been great for students.
"It's brought them closer together so they're more one on one, and they can learn better," says Hogan.
But, Adam Lowe, who's the chair of education for the county commission disagrees.
"There are some of us, who on a fundamental level, disagree with continued federal invasion in local education," says Commissioner Lowe.
The current common core has been in effect for 3-years in Bradley County - and it's been in place on all grade levels for a year.
"Standards being developed need to be developed with a more comprehensive group at the table, whether than just policy writers and teachers of academia," says Lowe.
Commissioner Lowe says the common core in place now is not the best option for learning or teaching. He wants to make it clear that he's not opposed to rigor in the classroom.
"If you allow a principal to run their school and you allow a teacher to teach and adapt to the needs of her individual students or his individual students, they'll adapt and students learn, common core does not allow for that adaptability," says Lowe.
Last fall, the county commission asked the school board to submit a resolution about the effectiveness of common core. They found that their main problems with the national education standards are paying for the the fully online tests, the burden on teachers and the age appropriateness for some of the standards.
Ours calls to Bradley County Director of Schools, Johnny McDaniel, Wednesday for a comment were not returned.
We'll keep you posted as state legislators vote for or against the use of the current version of common core.
By Jerry Askin