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School districts believe Common Core is their decision, not lawmakers

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A number of Wisconsin school districts say it's up to them -- and not state Republicans -- to undo the Common Core school standards adopted four years ago.

The Janesville Gazette says school officials in that city -- plus nearby Clinton, Milton, and others -- oppose Governor Scott Walker's call to abandon Common Core next year in favor of homegrown standards.

Only a handful of states have not adopted Common Core, which spells out tougher expectations for student performance in math and English.

Curriculum director Kim Ehrhardt of the Janesville School District says it's been working for 4 years to adjust its standards to Common Core -- so changing it would be counter-productive.

Ehrhardt said Wisconsin schools have already spent around $25 million in total tax dollars on Common Core. Also, local school leaders say they need to teach students those benchmarks, because they correspond to new state achievement tests that districts are required by law to administer next spring.

Clinton District Administrator Randy Refsland told the Gazette he wished "politicians would stay out of our way and let us do our job."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)