MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's public school superintendent told educators Wednesday to keep bringing what he called "truth" to the debate over the Common Core academic standards.
Tony Evers told the State Education Convention that the math and science standards adopted in 2010 would not lead to a federal takeover of education, as Tea Party conservatives claim. He called the multi-state standards a better way to raise student achievement.
Evers also slammed the expansion of Wisconsin's private school voucher program, saying Republicans are creating, "more choices for the few without focusing on their constitutional obligation to serve all of our children."
Evers also indicated that lawmakers should use the nearly $1 billion budget surplus to restore state aid to public schools. Evers said state politicians, "no longer have an excuse to avoid the debate about how our schools are funded."
Wednesday night, Republican Governor Scott Walker will propose using just over half the projected surplus for tax relief. He'll speak to the educators' convention on Friday.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)