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From the Associated Press:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

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Bush said at an education forum with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), that the standards are key to improving educational achievement around the country.

"This is a real-world, grown-up approach to a real crisis that we have," said Bush, who later brushed off reporters' questions about his presidential aspirations. "And it's been mired in politics.

"Trust me I know," he said. "There are not a whole lot of people who are standing up to this avalanche."

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