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Gov. Walker wants to abandon Common Core standards

Governor Scott Walker wants to make a significant change in education in Wisconsin. Walker announced Thursday that he wants state lawmakers to repeal the Common Core standards that outline what is taught in classrooms.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Governor Scott Walker wants to make a significant change in education in Wisconsin.  Walker announced Thursday that he wants state lawmakers to repeal the Common Core standards that outline what is taught in classrooms. Wisconsin and most other states adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 to strengthen the quality of education in our schools.

Days after Scott Walker and other Republican governors criticized Common Core at the National Governor Association he issue this statement.

"I call on the members of the state legislature to pass a bill in early January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin."

But change to what is the reaction from Republican Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay).

"The governor's statement doesn't get into that stuff," said Cowles. "It just says repeal it and the next question is what do you put in place of it."

Common Core is a set of standards for English and math, detailing what K-12 students should know in those subjects at the end of each grade. New tests tied to the standards would begin in the upcoming school year. Sen. Cowles says if the governor really wants change, the legislature would have time to act.

"These are standards that school districts are preparing for," said Cowles. "The test is coming up in a year - it hasn't happened yet - so there is time to sort it all through."

 During the last legislative session - some Republicans pushed to abandon the Common Core and instead draft new standards. The governor did not endorse the idea and it fell to the sidelines.

 But Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) says this time Walker is in the middle of a competitive re-election campaign against Democrat Mary Burke. Abandoning Common Core may improve his place in the polls.

 "The hatred of the Common Core is red hot among the Tea Party and I think this is a reaction to that," said Genrich. "I think it's an indication the governor is trying to shore up his Tea Party base in the middle of a campaign."

 The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has spent the last three years working on implementing Common Core.

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