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Common Core; The Ripple Effect of Rejection

South Carolina and Oklahoma are now in the lineup of states who have decided to block the federal Common Core State Standards (CCSS) program in their public schools, instead opting to use their own state standards.

>>>>>read more HERE

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) currently uses CCSS to cover math and English, and “promote literacy” in history and social studies, science and technical subjects for students from kindergarten through high school.

“It’s unfortunate that Wisconsin’s Republican leadership bogged down attempts to block Common Core in our state this session,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

On March 6, 2014, Appling testified in favor of SB 619, which created a model academics standards board in the state of Wisconsin.  The bill provided transparency, professional participation, public involvement and legislative oversight to the revision process of Wisconsin’s academic standards.

>>>>>read the full testimony HERE

The bill failed to pass in the Senate after Education Committee Chairman Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) refused to take any action on the bill after the public hearing.  No pressure to do so came from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).  Read moreHERE.

Germantown School District has already voted to develop its own set of standards.  >>>>>read more HERE

A Few Good Legislators

2013 | Week of December 30 – #1026

For years the Marines told us they were looking for a few good men.  Someone else has said, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.”  Thinking about the next few months as we close out this current state legislative session, we might combine and paraphrase those two statements into, “We’re looking for a few good legislators because we know that our state will rise or fall on good leadership.” (more…)

Statewide Pro-Family Group Testifies on Common Core Standards Initiative

2013 | October 3 – Raises concerns over process and implementation of standards

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling testified today before the Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative on the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers on behalf of all of Wisconsin. In part, Appling’s testimony included the following (her entire testimony is available online):

“We agree conceptually with the need to have rigorous, robust standards that are challenging to our students and prepare them for the future. We also believe that standards, from time to time, need to be reviewed and appropriately updated and improved. So in that regard, we don’t fault those who have set out to accomplish this….

“We have some very real concerns with the standards we are implementing. We have concerns over the security of our children’s personal information; concerns over a perceived lack of local control over what our children are being taught and how they are being tested; questions regarding oversight; and questions regarding the rigor of the standards that have been adopted….”

Today’s hearing by the Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative, jointly chaired by Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), is the first of four statewide hearings to receive public input. The remaining three hearings will be held on

Wednesday, October 16 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Fond du Lac – City/County Building,
Wednesday, October 23 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Wednesday, October 30 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Wausau – Northcentral Technical College.

Governor Walker is Right

September 25, 2013 – Wisconsin can do better than Common Core

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling today issued a statement on Governor Walker’s call for public hearings on Common Core State Standards:

“Wisconsin Family Action agrees with the Governor’s call for public hearings on Common Core State Standards. The informational hearing held on Common Core State Standards earlier this year raised a number of questions that remain unanswered.

“The time has come for these public hearings to be held. The budget calls for them and they have not been scheduled. The public is asking for answers to questions. Common Core State Standards leave little or no room for local and state evaluation or modification and provide no mechanism for doing so. Wisconsin could opt out, but if the Standards are already being implemented, that proposition is unlikely.

“Governor Walker is right—Wisconsin can do better than Common Core State Standards. We have bright, talented people in the Badger State who can give our students standards that will raise the bar and raise expectations as well as prepare them for the future.”