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Support lacking for proposal to scrap Common Core standards

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin school officials who drove to Madison to speak up for the Common Core standards may have won their case before they could say a word.

Senate Education Committee chairman Luther Olsen told the Associated Press Thursday morning that at least five of his GOP colleagues oppose a bill that could wipe out the Common Core standards.

Olsen also said he would not bring up the measure up for a vote unless there's enough support to pass it in the GOP-controlled Senate. He did promise to take testimony from those planning to attend a public hearing on the bill that was set for 10 a.m.

Olsen made his comments two hours beforehand.

The bill would create a panel of educators and politicians to review public school academic standards, and tailor them to Wisconsin. If the state superintendent doesn't agree with the panel's findings, legislators would make the final decisions.

Olsen said the bill's Republican opponents don't believe lawmakers need to get into those areas.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the bill is not dead, but it needs to be changed before the current session ends in early April.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)