NEW INFORMATION: State education department opposes standards bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An assistant Wisconsin state superintendent says revising academic standards every six years would create legal, technical and other issues that make a Republican-backed proposal to do that unworkable.

Assistant superintendent Sheila Briggs testified against the bill before the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday.

The Common Core standards covering math and English were adopted in 2010 in Wisconsin by state Superintendent Tony Evers.

Republican Rep. Dean Knudson says the Department of Public Instruction was wrong not to engage the public and Legislature before adopting the standards.

His bill would require a review of academic standards every six years. DPI also be charged with creating model academic standards in regular and advanced math, English, science, social studies and the arts.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Critics of Common Core academic standards are pushing for changes they say will protect student privacy and require more public input on the drafting of any new standards covering what Wisconsin students should know.

The Assembly Education Committee considered three bills Wednesday related to the standards.

The bills would require public input and review of academic standards, protect student privacy, and ban the collection of biometric data including fingerprints and retinal scans.

Republican Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, is sponsoring a bill that would require the state Department of Public Instruction to hold public hearings across the state and create new standards that the Legislature would review every six years.

Knudson says the "status quo is not working and the Legislature needs to act."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Three bills that grew out of a task force studying the Common Core academic standards are slated for a public hearing in the Wisconsin state Assembly.

While the Republican-sponsored bills are getting a hearing Wednesday before the Assembly Education Committee, they may run into trouble in the Senate. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said last month that any Common Core bill will have a difficult time passing in the Senate.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has promised that the bills up for a hearing will be voted on by the full Assembly in February.

The bills are designed to protect student privacy, ban the collection of biometric data including fingerprints and retinal scans, and require public input and review of academic standards.

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