Wisconsin lawmakers are looking at a bill that would
essentially replace the set of classroom standards
that schools use today.
called the Common Core.
State education leaders are sounding off on how that
would impact our students.
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the studio with
The Common Core standards are essentially a set of
requirements that guide what schools teach their kids.
The standards were created by the National Governor's
Association, along with education groups, and in the
past few years 45 states have implemented them.
Wisconsin started using Common Core back in 2010 -
and now, four years later, legislators are looking
to replace them.
They say if you don't like the weather in Wisconsin,
wait five minutes.
That old adage might also be true of our state's education
Legislators are looking to change up a set of classroom
standards that are just four years young.
Standards take a long time to unpack, curriculum takes
time to design...
The measure on the table would essentially replace
the current school standards, called the Common Core,
with classroom requirements decided by a new state
Four years in, teachers are really starting to become
a little more accoustomed to the Common Core." 2417.
...to change horses now is probably going to be a
bit of an unwelcome journey."
Time isn't the only issue - who will be appointed
to the board is, too.
Currently, the bill's language says 10 of the board's
15 members would be chosen by the governor and Legislature.
This bill is craziness.
Our children's education will be subject to the whipsaw
of elections every two years when one party or another
is in power.
La Crosse schools are worried about the pull of politics,
If we take these whole steps of the standards and
throw them out without really evaluating the content
of those standards and having a non-partisan group
do that work, we may be making a mistake.
Bill Feehan, the chair for La Crosse County's Republican
Party, says the main goal is to bring education back
into the hands of local government.
We have our own unique culture, and the more opportunities
we give local school boards and the state of Wisconsin
to have a say in what that curriculum is, the better
off we're going to be.
It takes time to make those decisions.
That period of time could be short - if the bill passes,
Common Core will be replaced by the 2016-17 school
IN LAX, LL, N8.
The bill was authored by six Republican senators.
Governor Scott Walker has supported the removal of
the Common Core standards from schools.
A legislative committee is currently debating that