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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Passing a bill to kill it.

The house passed the bill through the amendment process to freeze common core and not do PARCC testing. The bill passed 88 to 8.  3 of the no votes are now saying they were mislead and probably would have voted for it.

The funny thing is, leadership is upset and is saying the move and the amendment cheated the committee process. I hate to differ but if a bill passes 88-8 then its the committee process that is cheating the will of the members.

Either way, It is probably a moot point.

The "freeze"  of common core is all but useless.  The department says common core is fully implemented so to say you aren't going to implement it any further is like saying you filled up your gas tank but you aren't going to put any more gas in your tank.

It doesn't say or do anything. A roll back to say last year (as my bill that was also killed in committee did) would have an effect on common core. This wording probably does little to nothing.

On the other hand, the part of the amendment that is stopping PARCC testing for two years could have an effect.

While the bill has the potential to pass the senate. The issue is, when it passes, it will be killed. How can a bill that passes both bodies be killed?

 A few ways. The administration has decided what can't be beat with the votes or in committee will be beat with the money.

They have said if the state doesn't decide to do the more expensive PARCC testing instead of the less expensive  TCAP test then it will actually cost the state 10 million dollars. How is that possible?

Well. Because it is.

Just ask administration.  They will tell you. Over and over and over. Its crazy. They say they have to spend 10 million to change the TCAP to be like PARCC and there is no saying "No, we don't want to do that." They will not remove the cost no matter what is said or how you try to change the math.

The cost will allow the bill (after passage) to be sent back to the senate finance committee where it will sit behind the budget with an expected "cost" of 10 million. Seeing as our budget is dead flat there is no 10 million to fund the bill, it will never be enacted.

If a way ever is found to get it out from behind the budget, the bill will be delayed so long the governor will veto it and by that time we will be out of session and unable to override the veto.

So even though it passes by wide margins, its probably dead.


  1. Thank you for the insight, Senator, and thank you for fighting the good fight. I hope we can count on your vote tomorrow morning on this power grab by the administration (charter mandate). The arrogance is infuriating.

  2. I think you have your hands full the the Rino Governor Bill Haslam pushing the Common Core Crap and getting Blimp Christie to Speak at an upcoming event...Yes money can buy you the Governor's Seat his brother has deep pockets.

  3. Senator Campfield:

    Thank you for these clear and concise explanation. As the president of our teacher's association here in Johnson City, I have had a large number of teachers and parents wanting to know how this vote last Thursday in the house will have an effect on Common Core in the future. I do believe I can refer them to this post for clarification. Also, thank you for the analysis of what is likely to happen. It is sad to think that the minority of legislators opposing this amazing bipartisan effort will figure a way to stop this bill through a technicality such as a $10 million fiscal note that will sent the bill back to the State Finance committee which will lead to the bill dying in committee. It is frustrating to see that so many legislators have made the choice to work together for the sake of our students, families, and teachers.However, the few in opposition (i.e. you are not bowing to the will of the leadership) will find an underhanded, yet proceduraly acceptable, loophole to hold back the legislation until it dies in committee.

    Thank you for exposing this travesty to the people of our great state.

  4. What if a sugar-daddy paid the $10 million? Would it pass then???

    1. No, because we would still owe over $500 million for the fraudulently obtained RTTT money by the state DOE. Just watch the video from SB1985 where they use this as the lever to keep Common Core fully implemented.

      They sold you out for that money and committed the state to standards that didn't even exist yet (January 18, 2010). Now can't go back on their promise because the $500 million is already spent.

      And TN is still BELOW AVERAGE on all those NAEP test results (every one of them) after spending all that money for Common Core.

  5. Common core has not even been used for testing YET!, but they are already trying to say it has improved our scores. Teachers are making the improvements in spite of the new process, not because of them.

  6. Common core is not even implemented, but they say it is already improving our scores. Teachers are making these improvements in spite of the new procedures, not because of them.


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