Press release from State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale; November 14, 2014:
I am pleased over the departure of Commissioner Kevin Huffman. It is long overdue and allows us to come together to focus on how to rectify the education debacle we have experienced over the last four years in Tennessee.
It is my sincere hope that Governor Haslam will take into consideration the wishes of the legislature since we will ultimately have to pass judgment on his education agenda.
There are four main areas of education policy that my colleagues and I would like to see addressed and corrected this next year. First, a full repeal of Common Core State Standards with the next Commissioner of Education in full support of repeal and who is willing to listen and act on the requests from parents, teachers, and legislators.
Secondly, the creation of an education standards committee made up of Tennessee teachers with at least three years of classroom experience in Tennessee schools who purpose is to develop superior education standards that are reflective of Tennessee values and ideology.
Next, reforming the process of how teachers are evaluated and returning the oversight of those evaluations to LEA’s and a teacher’s immediate supervisor.
Finally, the overhaul of Tennessee’s comprehensive testing and evaluation of our students, by implementing a pre-test and post-test system and reducing the number of tests to two per school year.