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Jeb Bush backs Common Core standards in Nashville forum

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Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush (right) with TN Gov. Bill Haslam Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush (right) with TN Gov. Bill Haslam
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is urging state officials to stay the course on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

Bush said at an education forum with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Wednesday that the standards are key to improving educational achievement levels around the country.

"When I'm out recruiting jobs for Tennessee, the one pushback I get from folks is about the depth and quality of our workforce. And they say that in two ways: the specific training - and that's why we're pushing the Drive for 55 and more Tennesseans with college degrees - and secondly the ability to think critically," Haslam said.

Bush brushed off questions about his potential presidential aspirations.

He ascribed the opposition to Common Core to what he called "myths" about the standards being part of a federal takeover of local classrooms.

Common Core standards spell out what math and reading skills students should have in each grade. They are designed to make students think and reason more than they do with traditional classroom work.

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