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New school standards under attack

Wisconsin and other states are second-guessing Common Core

6:59 AM, Sep. 5, 2013
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As Wisconsin schools begin a new year, many are tailoring their lessons around an increasingly controversial set of voluntary math and English standards for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which sets new and often more rigorous goals for what the nation's students should be learning at each grade level, is drawing flak from all sides, from Tea Party activists to educators.

"It's kind of a monstrosity that's spreading across the country without much input from the town boards, school boards," said Kim Simac of the Northwoods Patriots, a Tea ...

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