Thursday, February 20, 2014

2-21-14 academic standards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly's Education Committee has canceled a vote on a bill that would give the ultimate authority over writing academic standards for Wisconsin's public schools to the state Legislature.  The committee had planned to vote on the bill Thursday, just two days after it was introduced.  But committee chairman Rep. Steve Kestell says due to confusion and misinformation, and because changes may be forthcoming, the vote was delayed indefinitely.  Kestell says the committee won't vote on it this week.  State Superintendent Tony Evers has voiced loud disapproval of the bill, saying politicians should not be put in control of approving standards.  Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he supports it and believes the panel created to draft standards would reach agreement so the Legislature would not have to step in.

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