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JFC approves implementing Common Core State Standards for education

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin would reconsider its involvement in at least part of a national set of new public school standards, under a measure placed into the next state budget Wednesday.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 13-3 to halt the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards until more hearings are held, and new findings are reviewed.

Wisconsin joined 44 other states, Washington D.C., four U.S. territories, and Defense Department schools in adopting the Common Core standards three years ago.

The goal was help kids get better prepared for college or careers by the end of their high school years. State officials said the Common Core standards were only adopted for math and reading – and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau said those standards that have been adopted could stay in place.

Under the budget measure, the Department of Public Instruction would have to hold three public hearings on those standards not in place – and the agency would have to give new recommendations.

A legislative study panel could also make its own study and give its own suggestions.

In other states, officials have raised concerns about federal powers as part of the new standards. Hudson Assembly Republican Dean Knudson said it’s a good time to put the system on hold.

Racine Assembly Democrat Cory Mason joined all 12 Republicans in voting yes.