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Senate committee expected to endorse Common Core recommendations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A special Wisconsin Senate committee is scheduled to endorse its own recommendations Thursday for dealing with the Common Core education standards.  

An Assembly panel did the same a while back.  

Wednesday, the Assembly's education committee held a public hearing on three bills -- one of which would review the Common Core standards every six years, and encourage public input for evaluating current standards and drafting new ones.  

Wisconsin was among the first states to adopt the Common Core program three years ago for math and English standards. 45 states have since signed on.  

Conservative critics fear that they'll lead to a federal takeover of education, while educators say they help raise the bar for needed improvements in student performance.  

The GOP Assembly speaker expects a vote in February on the three bills -- but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said it might be hard for his chamber to pass anything on Common Core this session.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)