April 23, 2014

Walker wants commission to review Common Core

Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin should put its own mark on the Common Core education standards by revising them. The Republican governor told the State Education Convention in Milwaukee Friday that the three-year-old standards for math and English are not high enough, and they’re being dictated by people not from Wisconsin.

The Badger State was among the first to adopt the Common Core standards, which are now in place in 45 states. Schools districts have spent the last few years working to implement them in classrooms across the state.

Walker told school administrators and board members he’s drafting a bill to create a commission to revise the standards, which would be chaired by state public school superintendent Tony Evers. The panel would also include state education officials, lawmakers, school leaders, teachers, and parents. Its recommendations would go to the superintendent, and then be considered as revised standards.