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Olsen, Evers rip Gov. Walker over call to repeal Common Core standards

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The chairman of the Wisconsin Senate's education committee said the state cannot repeal the Common Core school standards, because local schools adopted them on their own.

Republican Luther Olsen of Ripon criticized Governor Scott Walker's call from Thursday to repeal the tougher public school standards which will come into their own this school year.

After a speech in Oak Creek Friday, the Republican Walker repeated that he wants Wisconsinites to set their own public school standards -- and he said some things would most likely be adjusted while others would remain similar to Common Core.

Olsen said that if the standards varied too much, it would hurt high school students who take college admission tests because they would be held to uniform standards from other states.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said Wisconsin schools spent 4 years implementing the standards, and ending them would bring what he called "chaos to our children and our classrooms."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)