A state Senate committee is set to hold a public hearing on Wisconsin's Common Core academic standards.
Wisconsin was one of the first states to adopt the voluntary national standards. Criticism from conservatives has been mounting, however. They fear the standards are creating a loss of local control and the federal government is using the standards to gather students' personal information.
Tea party members sent lawmakers a letter earlier this year calling for an investigation into the standards. The Republican-controlled Legislature responded by creating two study committees. The Senate panel has scheduled a hearing on the standards for Thursday in the state Capitol.
The School Administrators Alliance plans to hold a news conference with state schools Superintendent Tony Evers ahead of the hearing to support the standards.