Democrat Burke opposes Common Core bill

CREATED Feb 27, 2014

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MADISON -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke continues to differentiate herself from Republican Gov. Scott Walker on education issues.
 
Burke tells the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Thursday that she opposes a bill backed by Walker that would give the Legislature the power to write academic standards for schools.
 
Burke says that replacing the Common Core standards would waste "precious resources" that schools across Wisconsin have already spent building a curriculum around the standards since they were adopted in 2010.
 
A Republican-backed bill that could lead to the standards being replaced with something approved by the Legislature has been introduced.
 
A Walker spokesman says any new standards created under the bill would be rigorous, and that the governor wants "higher standards for our schools."