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Representative Mandy Wright named as head Democrat on education committees in Assembly

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State Representative Mandy Wright
State Representative Mandy Wright

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- State Representative Mandy Wright says she's trying to continue her efforts as a teacher on a number of committees in the State Legislature.

Wright has been named ranking Democrat in both the Education and Urban Education committees and says she's working to protect schools in the state. She says Republican efforts to try and divert funding to charter schools should come with responsibility. "Public funds should go to public schools, and if they do go to private schools, those schools should have the same accountability measures the public schools have."

There's also been talks from Republicans to cut off the state from the Common Core standards being proposed by federal officials. Wright says says the Common Core Standards are not out to mandate the way kids learn. "It doesn't mandate any particular testing, it doesn't mandate any particular curriculum. It just sets some standards, it's just the goalpost for what you want kids to learn so they can be successful on those test. And the testing and the accountability measures are completely different issues."

Wright says she's staunchly opposed to efforts that would would cut charter schools off from district control and says that the argument for allowing parents to have a choice in their school is a hollow one. "It erodes the choice for parents, because once you enroll your child... Sure, you can unenroll them and take them to another school, but there's a lot less transparency in a lot of these privatized schools under this bill."

The bill is AB549, and will be up for a public hearing on Thursday.

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