Tennessee representatives call for education commissioner to resign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee State Representative Joe Carr and 13 other representatives from the Tennessee General Assembly have called for the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

They called for the resignation in an open letter to Governor Bill Haslam. Huffman has been under fire for his implementation of Common Core standards and testing in Tennessee.

The lawmakers who signed the letter also claim that Huffman "has apparently violated Tennessee state law in delaying the reporting of student test scores." The test scores are the annual statewide TCAP scores.

Carr said, "New leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education is what is needed." He went on to say, "We call on Commissioner Huffman to resign or Governor Haslam to fire him."

WCYB News 5 reached out to the Department of Education. The department is currently referring all inquiries to the Governor's office.

David Smith, a Haslam spokesman said, "Education is one of the most serious issues for the future of our state, and the governor believes there is a more productive way to discuss something so significant than through a letter by a small group of legislators more interested in trying to get headlines than substance. Our office reached out to several of these members earlier in the week to discuss their concerns, and it is disappointing they chose a political stunt instead of constructive dialogue."

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