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Common Core causing huge rift between Jeb Bush and conservatives
  23 Sep 2013     12:43 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is seen as a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, but his unflinching commitment to the Common Core standards experiment is souring many GOP voters on his campaign even before it officially begins. Turning off potential supporters is a risk Bush seems willing to take.

During his recent speech to the National Press Club, Bush berated Common Core critics – many of whom are conservative Republicans who will vote in the presidential primaries – for being “comfortable with mediocrity” in K-12 education.
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Tennessee education leader under fire for new merit pay plan
  11 Jul 2013     3:33 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is under heavy fire from critics over a new teacher salary plan that bases raises on job performance.
They’re also upset at Huffman for supporting charter school expansion and tougher tenure rules for teachers.
The critics are using social media to try to pressure Gov. Bill Haslam to fire Huffman, his hand-chosen education leader.
But their campaign seems to be failing.
On Monday, Haslam defended Huffman and credited him with the substantial progress Tennessee’s K-12 students have made over the past few years.
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