Local

Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core

Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core

/Shutterstock

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Facing opposition from staunch conservatives, the Common Core education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors. They cite concern about the federal government’s role in the classroom.

The educational standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville, but were discussed along the sidelines of the meeting.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says the words, “Common Core,” have become “radioactive,” echoing a sentiment from tea party leaders who say the education plan amounts to a federal takeover of local education.

Governors in Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma have signed legislation to repeal the standards while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking steps to block the use of tests tied to the standards.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Latest Headlines

SHOOTING SUMMITT

yesterday in Crime, News

Man shot in Summit Heights

Police investigating second Clarksville shooting in less than 24 hours.

police-tape-crime-scene

yesterday in Crime, News

Multiple Clarksville residents facing prostitution charges in human trafficking case

A pastor and Army lieutenant were among the at least 14 charged in a recent week-long human trafficking operation.

law-enforcement

yesterday in Crime, News

Law enforcement to conduct checkpoints, patrols through Hands Across the Border

Checkpoints and patrols will be in Montgomery and Christian counties May 22 and 23.

memorial-day

yesterday in News

Veterans Service Organization to host annual Memorial Day Ceremony

The ceremony will be held Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Clarksville.

heathernewman3

yesterday in News

UPDATE: Missing Stewart County woman located

Heather Newman was last seen Tuesday leaving her home and driving a 2003 blue Expedition.