Scott Walker Sends Mixed Signals in Wisconsin

scott-walker-inauguration-2015Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his short inaugural speech on Monday said nothing about Common Core, but his staff ensures that repealing the standards remain a priority for the Governor.

In his prepared remarks Walker focused on school choice rather than the controversial standards.  He stated, “We will ensure every child—regardless of background or birthright—has access to a quality education.  For many, like my sons and me, it is in a traditional public school.  For others, it may be in a charter, a private, a virtual or even a home school environment.  Regardless, we will empower families to make the choice that is right for their sons and daughters.”

His administration told the Daily Caller that a repeal is a priority.

“As he works to continue transforming education, Gov. Walker will work with the legislature on an education reform bill that includes accountability for all schools receiving state funds, as well as a repeal of Common Core,” Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The bottom line is he wants to make sure that no school district in the state is required to use the Common Core standards,” she added.

The Wisconsin Legislature may not be so willing to work with Walker on a repeal.  Instead it was reported last month that some lawmakers are looking for an opt-out rather than a repeal.

Walker would have sent a strong message to Wisconsin parents and lawmakers had brought up a Common Core repeal in his inaugural address.  He would have then communicated that this is a priority for his administration.

His press secretary’s statement about the bottom line… Making “sure that no school district in the state is required to use the Common Core standards” sounds nice, but that is an opt-out not a repeal.  If there is still one assessment that schools are mandated to take that is aligned to the Common Core how realistic is it to expect that a school will opt-out if they are being held accountable to that test?

Not likely.  Governor Walker needs to stop saying he wants Common Core repealed, but then signal that he will settle for a weaker opt-out bill.

2 thoughts on “Scott Walker Sends Mixed Signals in Wisconsin

  1. “As he works to continue transforming education, Gov. Walker will work with the legislature on an education reform bill that includes accountability for all schools receiving state funds, as well as a repeal of Common Core,” Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    “The bottom line is he wants to make sure that no school district in the state is required to use the Common Core standards,” she added.

    Shane,

    This is nonsense. You can “repeal” the common core all you want but if the tests (smarter balanced in WI) are still being used as the accountability gauge then all students will still be taught using the common core standards. School funding, Educator Effectiveness, School Report Cards etc. all rely on the data from the smarter balanced tests. These tests test the common core. Common core is going nowhere—unless there is some secret plan to do away with Smarter Balanced tests.

    Tim

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