Committee to hold hearing on Wis. standards
Conservatives fear standards create loss of local control
Two legislative committees are set to hold a public hearing on Wisconsin's Common Core academic standards.
Wisconsin was one of the first states to adopt the voluntary national standards. Criticism from conservatives has been mounting, however. They fear the standards are creating a loss of local control and the federal government is using the standards to gather students' personal information.
Tea party members sent lawmakers a letter earlier this year calling for an investigation into the standards. The Republican-controlled Legislature responded by creating Senate and Assembly study committees. Both panels have scheduled a joint hearing on the standards for Thursday in the state Capitol.
Wisconsin schools Superintendent Tony Evers defended the standards before the hearing, saying the state can't pull the rug out from under thousands of teachers and students.
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