Gov. Scott Walker speaks to Ernesto Gonzalez II at
Milwaukee Area Technical College on Friday, July 18,
2014, in Oak Creek, Wis. Walker, whose call to scrap
Common Core academic standards for Wisconsin schools
is meeting resistance from Republican Senate leaders,
said that whatever is adopted may not differ
significantly from Common Core standards.
— Officials in some Wisconsin school districts say they
oppose Gov. Scott Walker's recent call to abandon Common
Core curriculum standards because doing so would cost them
time and money.
asked the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a bill in January to
repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by the
Wisconsin became one of 44 states to adopt Common Core, the
set of curriculum standards that specify what is taught in
grade-school classrooms throughout the state. It includes
the statewide expectations for English and math education.
officials in Janesville, Milton, Clinton and other districts
say they have invested time and money in creating curriculum
based on Common Core, and abandoning it will be costly, The
Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1qIHI6v
Ehrhardt, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment
for the Janesville School District, said it has been working
on revising its curriculum for four years, so a statewide
change would be counterproductive. He said Wisconsin school
districts have already spent an estimated $25 million on
Common Core development.
School District administrator Jason Tadlock agreed that
dropping Common Core would be a step backwards.
having a common set of general bench marks, such as Common
Core, districts can leverage our efforts and resources by
working with schools across the nation with an assurance
that we are working toward similar levels of rigor,"
He said it
was difficult to share resources and gauge progress before
Common Core was adopted.
wish politicians would stay out of our way and let us do our
job," Clinton Superintendent Randy Refsland said.
"Politicians have enough of their own important issues
they need to address."