Educators all across Tennessee are reacting to an attempt in the Statehouse Thursday to delay some of the standards tied to Common Core.
The program now underway in most every state across the country has attracted critics ever since Tennessee put it in motion three years ago.
The effort involves laying out basic standards for classroom subjects like English and science to help universally prepare high school graduates for college and the workforce.
Thursday lawmakers in the House voted to effectively suspend the roll out of some Common Core standards for two years. Under the bill, standards that have already started in Tennessee would stay in place.
However, new science and social studies standards would not take effect until July 2016. Students would also have to wait to take the "PARCC", a new type of standardized test.
What happened in the House took Knoxville Chamber President and Common Core supporter Mike Edwards by surprise.
"I'm 62," he said. "It may be the most bizarre thing I've ever witnessed."
Edwards, who's also on the State Board of Education, said the reason Common Core was put into place was to put Tennessee students in a position to succeed.
"It puts us at a very competitive advantage with everyone else who is taking those same standards," he said.
Edwards said by stalling it, Tennessee students could lose that advantage. He also said some school districts could lose some valuable time.
"Most of the school districts have taken some measure to prepare for PARCC," he said.
Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre shared that sentiment.
"Honestly, I think it's disappointing. I think it's unfortunate," he said. "What we've done in the State of Tennessee is put in place higher standards, more rigorous expectations for our kids and it seems that there's some effort afoot to try and move backward on that."
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, supports Common Core as well.
"At a time when Tennessee's teachers and students have made unprecedented gains, gains that have led Tennessee to become the fastest-improving state in student achievement, reversing course would be the wrong direction," said SCORE president Jamie Woodson.
But, Representative Gloria Johnson disagrees. She said she voted for the bill with the belief more time was needed to implement some of its standards.
"Quite frankly, it does make sense. If you say let's hold off on these new standards, let's make sure all the teachers understand and let's make sure we're all doing the best job possible," she said.
Johnson also took issue with the PARCC test, which she said is very expensive."We don't have to use the PARCC test," she said. "That's an incredibly expensive test that millions and millions of our Tennessee dollars will be going toward each year."
But, for parent Dr. Michael Carlson, the House legislation did not go far enough.
He said he feels lawmakers should have voted to do away with Common Core altogether instead of just delaying it.
"The only way to get rid of Common Core and give the people back their say in their child's education is to reject and repeal Common Core," Carlson said.
The House bill still needs to be voted on in the Senate.
Carlson said he is looking forward to votes on two other bills in the legislature that look to do away with Common Core.