Advocates and opponents of common core standards for teaching math and English in Wisconsin were gathering for a joint hearing before the Legislature's education committees.
While Wednesday's hearing is informational only, critics of the common core standards are calling for a closer look. Dozens of tea party supporters sent lawmakers a letter this week raising concerns about a loss of local control, lowered educational standards and an invasion of student privacy.
Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction adopted the national standards in 2010. Adopting the standards was voluntary, but 45 states have chosen to do it. Many were concerned that not taking that step would make them ineligible for billions of dollars in grants under the federal Race to the Top program.