GOP leaders meet in Tenn. amid Common Core discord

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street.

Bush, whose potential presidential aspirations have been the subject of intense speculation, is being joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam at the event, hosted by business groups that support Common Core standards spelling out what math and reading skills students should have in each grade.

An increasing chorus of critics sees the standards as a federal takeover of local classrooms. Republicans in the Tennessee House last week bucked the governor's wishes by approving a two-year delay in the implementation of the curriculum and testing standards.

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