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Public hearing on scrapping Common Core set for next week

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate panel has scheduled a public hearing for next Thursday on a bill that critics say could let politicians decide what school kids should know.

An Assembly panel delayed a vote on the measure last Thursday, just two days after it was introduced. Opponents said it would wipe out Wisconsin's Common Core educational standards which are used in 45 states.

Republican Governor Scott Walker said the bill would encourage the state to set its own student performance requirements.

Under last week's measure, a 15-member panel would recommend changes in school standards. The state superintendent would also make recommendations -- and if they were different, lawmakers would decide which package to go with.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said it would politicize public schools, but the Republican Walker did not believe a scenario for legislative action would get that far.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said any new standards written under the bill would be rigorous for students to achieve.

Walker's Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, has come out against the bill. She says it would waste schools' efforts over the past three years to align their curricula around the Common Core standards.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)