Statewide Pro-Family Group Testifies on Common Core Standards Initiative

Press release from Wisconsin Family Action:

Statewide Pro-Family Group Testifies on Common Core Standards Initiative
Raises concerns over process and implementation of standards

MADISON, Wis. —Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling testified today before the Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative on the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers on behalf of all of Wisconsin. In part, Appling’s testimony included the following (her entire testimony is available online):

“We agree conceptually with the need to have rigorous, robust standards that are challenging to our students and prepare them for the future. We also believe that standards, from time to time, need to be reviewed and appropriately updated and improved. So in that regard, we don’t fault those who have set out to accomplish
this….

“We have some very real concerns with the standards we are implementing. We have concerns over the security of our children’s personal information; concerns over a perceived lack of local control over what our children are being taught and how they are being tested; questions regarding oversight; and questions regarding the rigor
of the standards that have been adopted….”

Today’s hearing by the Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative, jointly chaired by Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), is the first of four statewide hearings to receive public input. The remaining three hearings will be held on:

Wednesday, October 16 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Fond du Lac – City/County Building,

Wednesday, October 23 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Wednesday, October 30 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Wausau – Northcentral Technical College.

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