Educators voice opposition to senate bills on education standards

Published 03/06 2014 05:20PM

Updated 03/06 2014 07:08PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--More than 150 educators from around the state packed the Senate Education Committee Hearing room Thursday opposing a bill that would overhaul current academic standards.

“Let us do our own work,” said Dr. Michelle Langenfeld, the Green Bay School District Superintendent.

Senate Republicans are pushing two bills that would replace current academic standards and draft new ones. 

 The Model Academic Standards Board would create a board of advisors made up of superintendents and teachers, governor appointed teachers, and members of the state Senate and Assembly to  form new guidelines for public and charter schools.

Sen. Luther Olson, R-Ripon, is in favor of the bill.

He said, “We’re not going to write our own standards not with 15 people not with 7 people.  What that group will do is see what other standards are out there.”

Wisconsin is one of many states that use the Common Core Standards to evaluate academic achievement. 

And it’s something teachers say has proven successful in their classroom over the last three years.

”Never has it been more important that we support our schools and their commitment to each child, every child be college, community, and career ready," said Dr. Langenfeld.

The Common Core Standards measure reading, writing, math, and science skills to ensure students are ready for college or work, are able to apply what they learn, be able to compete on a global level, and expand standards set forth by each state.

“It gives the school boards at the local levels the opportunity to keep the standards they currently have or adopt standards that may come out of this committee,” said Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac.

But Superintendents across the state worry this new bill puts education in the hands of lawmakers and would ultimately hurt the quality of education.

Appleton School District Superintendent, Dr. Lee Allinger said,“This process shouldn’t be politicized.  The idea that standards would come to the floor of the state legislator and be determined at that level even though it’s several steps away from the original intent of Senate Bill 619 that is a great concern to superintendents.”

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