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Gov. Walker suggests tougher education standards


Madison (WQOW) - New education standards could go under the microscope in Madison.

Wisconsin is one of more than 40 states to adopt new, very specific, standards for math and language arts.  The goal of Common Core is to better prepare students for either college or the workforce by the time they graduate.  School districts have been spending a lot of time in recent years preparing for Common Core.  On Tuesday, Governor Walker said he's open to public hearings about whether the state should pursue more aggressive standards.

"I'd like to have Wisconsin have its own unique standards... that I think could be higher than what's been established or what's been talked about at the national level.  Consistently, we've been at or near the top of tests, particularly when it comes to the ACT and other tests like that, and I'd like us to go forward on it... so I'd like the Legislature to hold those hearings," said Gov. Walker.

No date has been set for those hearings.  Common Core has come under fire by Tea Party groups, which claim the standards undermine state and local control.  On Monday, according to the Associated Press, Florida's governor said his state would hold public hearings and possibly alter their Common Core standards.


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