First Oklahoma, Now Wisconsin Saying NO to Common Core!

PolitiChicks.comWisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a powerful statement against the Common Core Standards this week.

“Today, I call on the members of the state Legislature to pass a bill in early January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin,” Walker said in a written statement.”

Wisconsin originally signed on to the Common Core in 2009 along with many other states, sight unseen.

The timing of the comment has been brought into question by some lawmakers, including the leading lawmaker in education. They are not currently in session and months has gone by since the public debate about the Common Core, earlier this year.

“The idea that they’d just be able to replace the standards at the beginning of the Legislative session is absurd,” said Steve Kestell, (R-Elkhart Lake) the chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee. “We’re in an election season. People desperate to be re-elected will say anything.”

Interestingly, Kestell and Walker are both Republicans.

Kestell is probably still smarting from the vote of no confidence he and fellow lawmaker, Senator Luther Olsen received in March of this year. It was passed on voice vote by a significant majority of Republican delegates attending the Wisconsin 6th District caucus. According to a press release, “Discussion was heated as delegates expressed their anger over virtually being ignored or worse put down by their own elected representatives.”

The dispute pitted Republicans like Kestell who, along with some school administrators across the state, support the Common Core against Republicans who were less than impressed with the standards and the process of adopting them.

Either way, Walker is joining with Missouri’s Governor, Democrat Jay Nixon, who signed legislation that will trigger a review and possible dropping of the standards and North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, who will sign a bill calling for the rewriting of the standards.

By the end of June Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina had all dropped the Common Core.

Walker’s spokeswoman explained that Walker wanted to make a definitive and clear statement after Cedarburg School Board voted Wednesday to urge the state to delay new state tests tied to the standards.

No matter the reasoning behind Walker’s statement there are many Common Core Warriors around the country rejoicing with the people of Wisconsin this week.

As long as Walker is sincere and sticks to his guns, another one bites the dust!

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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