MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Common Core education standards are being attacked from a different front -- this time from Catholic school parents.
Petitions with 1,000 signatures were submitted Wednesday to the Milwaukee Archdiocese. They demand that schools in the ten-county archdiocese drop the Common Core math and English standards that the religious schools began to adopt last fall.
A group called the "Milwaukee Catholic Parents Against Common Core" say the standards threaten the values and independence of Catholic schools.
Kenosha parent Heather Schweitzer said a Catholic school's top priority is to "get children into Heaven, not Harvard."
Wisconsin public schools adopted the Common Core standards three years ago -- much to the chagrin of tea party conservatives who fear it will result in a single national educational system.
Back in December, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said church schools often exceed the tougher Common Core standards -- and using them as a new measurement would not change the curriculum, reading materials, and content of Catholic schools.
Leaders of Wisconsin's four other Catholic dioceses have rejected Common Core -- although the bishop in Superior has said they would be evaluated in the coming years.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)