Jeb Bush urges states to stay the course on Common Core despite 'myths' advanced by opponents

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, gestures during at an education forum in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennr. Bush urged politicians to make the case to their constituents in favor of Common Core education standards. (AP Photos/Erik Schelzig)

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By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (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.

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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