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Top education official calls Common Core bill "unworkable"

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A top Wisconsin education official says a bill to review Wisconsin's Common Core academic standards every six years would be unworkable.  

Majority Republicans said the standards need public scrutiny, saying folks didn't get enough of a say back in 2010 when the standards were adopted.  

Assistant state Superintendent Sheila Briggs told an Assembly committee Wednesday that many schools will not have fully implemented a new set of standards by the time the bill has them up for review. She also expressed concerns about costs, and said it would restrict the education agency from addressing schools' needs as they arise during the standards' development.  

The Assembly education panel held a public hearing on a bill from Hudson Republican Dean Knudson for a review of the Common Core academic standards every six years. It would also forge the creation of model academic standards in regular and advanced math, science, English, social studies, and the arts.  

Public hearings would be required in each of the 8 Wisconsin congressional districts, and an advisory panel would have to be appointed to keep updating the standards.  

The bill was one of three Common Core-related measures up at Wednesday's hearing. Assembly leaders plan to vote on them next month -- but Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald says they might have a hard time passing in his chamber.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)