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What price Common Core in Wisconsin? School districts will be stuck with the cost
The Isthmus dot com ^ | 9-13-13 | Ruth Conniff

Posted on 09/13/2013 8:04:39 AM PDT by bigbob

Two weeks ago, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau finally released its assessment (PDF) of the costs of Common Core, the new set of educational standards going into effect in school districts around the state this year. Here's the good news: For the state of Wisconsin, Common Core will be virtually free!

"There is no direct fiscal effect on the state to update district curriculum and teacher practice to align with the common core standards," the Fiscal Bureau reports.

Here's the bad news: Instead of the state shelling out for Common Core, individual school districts will have to pick up the tab.

And here's more bad news: While the costs could range from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars, the Fiscal Bureau reports, "calculating such figures specifically for Wisconsin, given the decentralized system of school governance in place and the lack of data...is not possible."

Whoops!

School districts, which have already absorbed the biggest budget cuts in state history over the last two years, are now going to be on the hook for unspecified millions to implement the new Common Core standards. The Fiscal Bureau quotes a guesstimate of aggregate costs by the right-wing Fordham Institute in the range of $62.3 million to $256.1 million. But that doesn't count what is likely to be the biggest-ticket item of all: "infrastructure" for Common Core's required computerized assessments.

Whoops again!

(Excerpt) Read more at isthmus.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: commoncore; progressives
Who out there thinks that when a state adopts Common Core, they're agreeing to pay for it? Anyone....? Any of your local districts have a few million extra laying around to pay for it?

What is most amazing about this article isn't that it raises very valid points, but that it's written by the Editor of "The Progressive" magazine. When you lose the uber-leftists, who's going to be left to support this crap?

Madistan isn't Hell, but it's getting close to 32 degrees Farenheit when this kind of op-ed appears in The Isthmus.

1 posted on 09/13/2013 8:04:39 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Gov. Brewer here in AZ rushed to get some of that free federal money when she signed on to this initiative.

There is no federal law behind CC. Even the AZ legislature didn’t mandate it. The AZED, AZ Education Department, ‘adopted’ the standards so they could get that money.


2 posted on 09/13/2013 9:09:13 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Even the so called private Catholic School my son attends adopted these standards. It would be interesting to know why.


3 posted on 09/13/2013 9:09:58 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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