Evers disagrees with Walker, says Common Core should not be repealed

The educational standards were not on the formal agenda during a recent three-day meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville, but were discussed along the sidelines of the meeting.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thursday Governer Walker released a statement urging the Legislature to repeal the Common Core standards in Wisconsin.

In response to that, State Superintendent Tony Evers released this statement Friday:

“It’s campaign season in Wisconsin and around the country and, not surprisingly, politics trumps sound policy. Here in Wisconsin, the overwhelming majority of Wisconsin’s K-12 education leaders, as well as Wisconsin business and higher education leaders strongly support Wisconsin’s Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards set a higher bar for what students should know and be able to do to succeed in college and the workplace. Wisconsin’s teachers, parents, and children have spent the past four years implementing these standards, which our educators indisputably agree are more rigorous than our previous standards and still provide districts with the ability to select a local curriculum that fits their needs.
“The notion that Wisconsin could simply repeal our standards or take a two year time out on our assessments not only runs counter to both state and federal law, it jeopardizes important reforms like educator effectiveness and school and district accountability. But most importantly, it brings chaos to our children and our classrooms. I continue to stand with Wisconsin’s educators who remain focused on doing what’s best for our kids and their education. It’s time to keep politics out of the classroom and remain focused on what’s most important — delivering a college and career ready education to Wisconsin’s students.”

The governor wants the state legislature to repeal Wisconsin's Common Core standards.

On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker released a statement. It reads: "Today, 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."

The statement did not give a reason why the governor wants the change. The standards are designed to enhance critical thinking and spell out what math and English skills students should master at each grade. They were adopted on a state-by-state basis but have faced push-back. Governors in Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma have signed legislation to repeal them.

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