Taxpayer impact of repealing Common Core

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 07/18 2014 04:22PM

Updated 07/18 2014 06:37PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Governor Scott Walker wants to change the standards Wisconsin students are held to by repealing Common Core.

Common Core was adopted in Wisconsin in 2010.

It is a set of English and math standards that guide what students should know and when.

More than 40 states are using Common Core.

School districts across Wisconsin have spent several years preparing to fully implement it this coming fall.

But now, Governor Walker wants to pull the plug.

"I have heard repeatedly from people all over the state that they do not want standards set from people outside of Wisconsin" says Governor Scott Walker.  

He is asking law makers to repeal Common Core and create a team to develop standards specific to Wisconsin.

The group would include parents, teachers, principals, and educators at many levels.

However, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards does not see a benefit in the Governor's plan.

"I doubt very seriously that if you get a group together and develop something, that it is going to be very different from the Common Core" says Mike Blecha, President of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

Critics of repealing Common Core point to the millions of taxpayer dollars already spent to launch the program.

"Hopefully they spent millions of dollars preparing to give kids a good education and not just to teach to a test" says Governor Walker. He does not believe creating a different set of standards would have much financial impact, compared to implementing Common Core.

"We feel that what we have invested was a good investment, a wise investment and it will continue to meet the needs for our students" says Mark Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Continuous School Improvement in the Green Bay Public School District.

Educators see a benefit in having common standards across state boundaries.

"I think it is smart. A lot of students move from district to district and state to state. You know what they have had and it eliminates some of the gaps" says teacher Sarah Pospisil.

Governor Walker believes that standards created specific to our state, would hold students to a higher level, compared to Common Core.

Blecha says common core already allows for that. "The Common Core is a floor, not a ceiling. If an individual school district wants to have higher standards or different curriculum they are certainly free to do that".  

Because lawmakers will not meet again until January, school will start in the fall under current Common Core guidelines.

"We are going to stay the course and we feel that we are set up well to meet the needs of our students, to respond to the smarter balance assessment in spring" Smith says.

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