Feeling pressure from the right — and maybe a little bit on the left — the Republican-led Senate Education Committee kicked off Day 1 of a two-day hearing about the new Common Core education standards Tennessee is adopting. The standards shift the focus from memorization to analytical skills, but critics worry the move is nationalizing education, comes with a hefty price tag, invades privacy and and puts too much emphasis on testing. Yesterday, they largely read the new standards, point by point. Today, we'll hear from the critics and defenders.
After the jump is a rundown of the nearly four hour meeting.