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Legislature Holds First Of Four Hearings On Common Core
By Kristen Durst
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 1:50pm
The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly committees are holding the first of four hearings on Common Core academic standards today.
State Superintendent Tony Evers was the first to testify. He told the committees the standards are rigorous and a step forward for Wisconsin.
However, some Republican lawmakers appear unconvinced. They questioned him about the role the federal government played in the adoption of Common Core. Evers says it had no role.
They also wanted to know how much local control school districts retain if they wanted to make Common Core more rigorous:
Evers: “If districts wanted to have pre-calculus in first grade, they could do that. There's nothing to prevent that from happening. I encourage the committee, as you go forward with these deliberations, to view the standards as what they are – they are expectations. The curriculum the instructions the course work and so on – districts still have full authority over that.”
Wisconsin adopted Common Core in 2010. However, recent backlash by Tea Party conservatives and others has some lawmakers taking a second look. Gov. Scott Walker says that he'd like more rigorous standards.