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Tea Party urges Gov. Walker to abandon Common Core standards


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dozens of leaders from Wisconsin tea party groups are urging Republican Governor Scott Walker to reject Common Core education standards.

The Associated Press reports the letter was delivered to the governor on Tuesday. Earlier in November, Assembly Republicans who studied the standards indicated they're not interested in abandoning the national standards, which are voluntary. They cover English and math instruction, and were adopted in Wisconsin three years ago.

Common Core aims to improve instruction and better prepare students for life after school. Critics, many of them conservative Republicans, say the standards are too weak and amount to the federal government creating a national curriculum.

In 2009, the National Governors Association convened a group of educators to work on developing the Common Core standards, with the goal of providing a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.

Gov. Walker has said he would like to see Wisconsin adopt tougher standards.

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