- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used.

Walker in July during his re-election campaign called on the Legislature to repeal the standards covering what students should know in the subjects of math and English. Walker said then he wanted them replaced with something Wisconsin-specific.

But Walker said Tuesday his goal now is to remove “any mandate or requirement that requires a school district to abide by Common Core standards.” He says he wants schools to have maximum flexibility.

Under current state law, school districts can adopt their own standards but most have stuck with Common Core since that is what statewide tests are based on.


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