Ramsey Appoints Three to Common Core Repeal Panel

Press Release from the Office of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, July 30, 2015:

(July 29, 2015, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced the appointment of conservative activist Dr. Shirley Curry, educator Darcie Finch and Kingsport Schools Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie to the Academic Standards Recommendation Committee. The committee was established by the Tennessee General Assembly for the explicit purpose of repealing and replacing the Common Core Standards established in 2010.

“These appointees are experienced educators who understand that Tennessee is a unique and exceptional state which must have standards that are equally unique and exceptional,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Tennessee is on an upward trajectory in education and we have no intention of moving backwards. I look forward to these appointees working with others on the committee to shape standards which encourage students to reach higher while keeping them rooted in strong Tennessee values,” Ramsey concluded.

Dr. Shirley Curry, a well-known conservative activist, is a long-time educator in Wayne County. A former director of the Early Reading First program in the county, Curry currently teaches math at Wayne County High School. A former Republican State Executive Committee member and past president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, Curry resides in Waynesboro.

Dr. Lyle Ailshie led Greeneville City Schools for 12 years after five years as an assistant superintendent. He was named superintendent of Kingsport City Schools in 2012. During his tenure in Kingsport, KCS has been a district SCORE Prize finalist twice, winning the top prize 2014.

Darcie Finch has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. A graduate of Fisk University and Tennessee State University, Finch is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Argosy University. She currently serves Metro Nashville Public Schools as a numeracy coach.

The Academic Standards Recommendation Committee is a 10-person panel appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House to review and recommend to the Tennessee State Board of Education changes to Tennessee’s K-12 education standards in Math and English Language Arts. The committee was created and authorized by Public Chapter 423 during the 2015 legislative session of the Tennessee General Assembly with the explicit goal of replacing Common Core standards with new Tennessee standards that “meet or exceed the postsecondary and workforce needs of Tennessee students.”

Beginning in mid-August and continuing through December 2015, the committee will meet several times to review and make its recommendations, based on the extensive work and evaluation of the standards by teams of dedicated Tennessee teachers and other educators, and following multiple opportunities for the general public to review and comment on the standards throughout the process.