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Catholic school parents latest group to attack Common Core

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Common Core education standards are being attacked from a different front -- this time from Catholic school parents.  

Petitions with 1,000 signatures were submitted Wednesday to the Milwaukee Archdiocese. They demand that schools in the ten-county archdiocese drop the Common Core math and English standards that the religious schools began to adopt last fall.  

A group called the "Milwaukee Catholic Parents Against Common Core" say the standards threaten the values and independence of Catholic schools.  

Kenosha parent Heather Schweitzer said a Catholic school's top priority is to "get children into Heaven, not Harvard."  

Wisconsin public schools adopted the Common Core standards three years ago -- much to the chagrin of tea party conservatives who fear it will result in a single national educational system.  

Back in December, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said church schools often exceed the tougher Common Core standards -- and using them as a new measurement would not change the curriculum, reading materials, and content of Catholic schools.

Leaders of Wisconsin's four other Catholic dioceses have rejected Common Core -- although the bishop in Superior has said they would be evaluated in the coming years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)