- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says changes to Common Core academic standards are definitely going to be addressed by the Legislature next year.

Fitzgerald said Thursday that he wasn’t sure yet exactly what would be done as the issue continues to evolve.

Gov. Scott Walker has called on the Legislature to replace the standards with something written in Wisconsin. But it’s up to local school districts to adopt the standards, which are the basis for statewide tests and college admittance exams.

Senate Education Committee chairman Sen. Luther Olsen says instituting new standards is extremely complex and affects how prepared students will be for those tests.

Another complication is how far the Legislature’s authority extends into education policy the state Department of Public Instruction controls.

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