Walker calls on Legislature to end Common Core

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Associated Press | July 18, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker called on the Wisconsin Legislature on Thursday to pass a bill next year repealing Common Core, the curriculum standards that specify what's taught in grade-school classrooms across the state.

Walker's office issued a one-line statement late in the day, four days after he and other Republican governors criticized Common Core during a meeting of the National Governors Association.

"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," Walker's statement said in its entirety.

Common Core is a set of English and math standards that spell out what students should know and when. The standards for elementary math have confounded some parents by departing from some traditional methods to emphasize that students understand how numbers relate to each other.

Other critics have complained that the standards rely too heavily on student test scores, which in turn are used to evaluate teacher performance.

"My problem with Common Core is, I don't want people outside Wisconsin telling us what our standards should be," Walker said Sunday at the governors' conference.

Joe Zepecki, a spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, questioned Walker's motives for issuing the call at a time when the Legislature isn't even in session. Zepecki called the move a "desperate" effort to shore up Walker's right-wing base.

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