Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reelecting Scott Walker throws taxpayer money spent on Common Core away, with new taxpayer spending to replace it.

Scott Walker is making it very clear Common Core will be repealed.

That position alone should tip the election into Mary Burke's favor, since taxpayer supported school districts would have wasted millions of dollars the last 3 years, and than need to spend millions more replacing it. For me, replacing something that has the backing of almost every teacher, principle, and superintendent in the state is reason enough to throw the bums out that ideologically just don't like it.

But replacing Common Core would take us back to NCLB, where the state's made up their own lower standards so they would compared well against other states. Of course the college tests are all geared to Common Core, a big draw back to going it alone. Republicans will also have an easier time politicizing the curriculum by making changes to the recommendations of a panel of education experts they commissioned.

Here's Fox 11's coverage featuring Scott Walker:

Without ever mentioning Sen. Leah Vukmir’s major role in ALEC, a right wing bill writing mill that vehemently opposes Common Core, Fox 11 gave Vukmir a chance to throw in her nonsensical reason:
“I’m not saying that common core is all bad. What I’m saying is we can do better,” said State Senator Leah Vukmir. 

 But her Republican colleague State Senator Luther Olsen of Ripon says she’s not getting his support. “These standards are basic standards so even if you come up with new standards, they’re going to be the same stuff. Because … no matter what standards you have, you can call them the Common Core or the Wisconsin can do better standards, or whatever, they’re always going to have those in there. Otherwise, what in the world are you teaching the kids?” said Olsen. 

Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay agrees with Olsen. He says the move to repeal common core is political. “It isn’t perfect, and it isn’t mandatory for the school districts. They can do more, or they can opt not to do it. So I don’t know, making it a big political deal, when school districts have invested a lot of money, a lot of their own money in to Common Core, and now all of a sudden in July of a political year you say you’re against it, before you were for it?” said Hansen. 
Yes, Walker was for Common Core once, before he was against it. But the will to be president is a strong one.

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