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Assembly committee recommends not scrapping Common Core

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A special Wisconsin Assembly committee came out Wednesday with a recommendation not to scrap the state's controversial Common Core standards for public school students.  

Instead, the Republican-controlled panel would create a process to review the standards, making sure there's public comment and legislative control.  

The Assembly panel is due to vote on the recommendations Thursday.  

The Common Core standards for English and math programs were adopted in 2010 with little fanfare. The voluntary standards are now in effect in 45 states, where educators praise them as being more rigorous.  

Wisconsin decided to take a second look at the Common Core requirements, after tea party conservatives said they would encourage federal control over public education.  

Panel members said Wisconsin youngsters are best served with state-based standards, but they won't replace the Common Core requirements for now.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)