Walker's ban on Common Core approved by committee



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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards has been approved by the Legislature's budget committee.

The Joint Finance Committee approved the proposal early Wednesday morning.

Wisconsin public schools are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, but the state Department of Public Instruction says all have done so for English and math except for Germantown. State-mandated standardized tests are tied to the standards.

Walker's budget would make clear that schools don't need to use Common Core standards. He's also called for new standardized tests.

State Superintendent Tony Evers adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, but Walker's proposal would prohibit him from advocating for or promoting the standards to school districts.

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