Wisconsin Introduces Senate BILL 619 Dismantling Common Core Standards

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Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

Wisconsin has introduced Senate Bill 619 that will essentially dismantle federalized “Common Core Standards”. Common Core Standards is offspring  of the U.N. Agenda 21 signing in 1991. U.N Agenda 21 calls for standardization, cataloging and globalization of almost everything, including education.

Common Core Standards calls for decisions for education to be made federally, shackling our teachers and preventing them flexibility to tailor alternative education programs targeting their children’s specific skills set. Instead this globalizes education into a cookie cutter process and prevents  innovative thought and creativity.

Senate Bill 619 has been introduced by Senator Leah Vukmir:

February 18, 2014 – Introduced by Senators Vukmir, Farrow, Lazich, Leibham,
Grothman and Tiffany, cosponsored by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Nass,
Knudson, J. Ott, Tauchen, Spiros, Knodl, Jagler, Pridemore, Schraa,
Hutton, Murphy, Sanfelippo and Kulp. Referred to Committee on Education.

1An Act to amend 118.30 (1); and to create 15.07 (2) (fm), 15.375 (1) and 118.301
2of the statutes; relating to: creating a model academic standards board.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
model academic standards
The 2013-15 biennial budget act (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) prohibits the
Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from taking any further action to implement
the common core standards (educational standards developed for kindergarten to
grade 12 by the Common Core State Standards Initiative) and from directing school
districts to implement further standards until certain conditions have been satisfied.
Act 20 provides that any common core standard adopted and implemented by DPI
before July 1, 2013, remains in effect and requires DPI to adopt additional college
and career readiness standards no later than July 1, 2014.

This bill requires DPI to adopt state standards only after those standards have
been developed and approved by the Model Academic Standards Board.

The bill creates a Model Academic Standards Board (board) in DPI which
comprises the following members: the state superintendent of public instruction, or
his or her designee, who serves as co chairperson and who must appoint four
members; six members appointed by the governor, one of whom is to serve as
co chairperson; one member appointed by each of the senate majority and minority
leaders; one member appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and one member
appointed by the assembly minority leader. The members appointed by the state
superintendent must include an individual employed as a principal in a high school,
a member of a school board, one individual who is a parent of a pupil enrolled in a
public school, and one professor employed at an institution of higher education in this
state. The members appointed by the governor must include one teacher employed
by a public school, one teacher employed by a private school participating in a
parental choice program, one superintendent of a school district, one individual
employed as a principal in an elementary school, and one individual who is a parent
of a pupil attending a private school under a parental choice program. No member
of the board may be a member of the legislature.

Under the bill, the board is charged with developing model academic standards
in four discrete subject areas: 1) English, reading, and language arts; 2)
mathematics; 3) science; and 4) social studies. To further this objective, the bill
requires the board to appoint subject-specific subcommittees in the four subject
areas.

The bill requires the board to submit proposed model academic standards in
English, reading, and language arts and in mathematics to the state superintendent
within 12 months of the enactment of the bill. The bill requires the board to submit
proposed model academic standards in science and social studies to the state
superintendent within 36 months of the enactment of the bill. In addition, the bill
permits, but does not require, the board to submit to the state superintendent
proposed model academic standards in additional subject areas, including fine arts
and career and technical education.

Under the bill, after the board has submitted its proposed model academic
standards to the state superintendent, the state superintendent must, taking into
consideration the academic standards submitted by the board, submit its own
proposed model academic standards first to the legislative council staff for review
and comment and then to the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
(JCRAR). JCRAR must either approve the proposed model academic standards or
object to the proposed standards. If JCRAR approves the model academic standards,
the state superintendent must adopt the model academic standards. If JCRAR
objects to the proposed model academic standards, JCRAR must prepare a bill that
incorporates by reference the proposed model academic standards submitted by the
board for introduction in both the senate and the assembly.

Under the bill, three public hearings must be held concerning the proposed
model academic standards: the board must hold a hearing prior to submitting its
proposed standards to the state superintendent; the state superintendent must hold
a hearing prior to submitting its proposed standards for review by the legislative
council staff; and JCRAR must hold a public hearing prior to approving or objecting
to the standards submitted by the state superintendent.

The bill also requires the board to review and update each model academic
standard at least once every six years. Finally, the bill requires the board, together
with legislative council staff, the state superintendent, and JCRAR to: 1) ensure that
the model academic standards do not prescribe curricula to be adopted by school
boards; and 2) ensure that the standards establish, in a manner that is clear to


pupils, parents, and the general public, high expectations for the knowledge and
skills pupils must attain and master at each of the 12 grades.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:

The state superintendent of public instruction or his or her
3designated representative and one individual appointed under s. 15.375 (1) (a) 2.
4shall serve as co chairpersons of the model academic standards board.

6 15.375 (1) Model academic standards board. (a) There is created a model
7academic standards board, attached to the department of public instruction under
8s. 15.03, to make recommendations for and to review and revise or replace model
9academic standards. A member of the legislature may not be appointed to serve and
10may not serve on the board during the term for which the legislator was elected. The
11board consists of the following members appointed for staggered 3-year terms:

12 1. The state superintendent of public instruction, or his or her designee, who
13shall serve as a cochairperson of the board and who shall appoint the following 4
14members:
15 a. One individual who is employed as a principal in a high school.
16 b. One member of a school board.
17 c. One professor employed at an institution of higher education in this state.
18 d. One individual who is a parent of a pupil enrolled in a public school.
19 2. The following 6 members appointed by the governor:
20 a. One individual who shall serve as a cochairperson of the board.
21 b. One teacher employed by a public school.

1c. One teacher employed by a private school participating in a program under
2s. 118.60 or 119.23.

3 d. One superintendent of a school district.
4 e. One individual who is a parent of a pupil attending a private school in a
5program under s. 118.60 or 119.23.
6 f. One individual who is employed as a principal at an elementary school.
7 3. One individual appointed by the senate majority leader.
8 4. One individual appointed by the senate minority leader.
9 5. One individual appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
10 6. One individual appointed by the assembly minority leader.
11 (b) The individual appointed under par. (a) 2. a. shall call the first meeting of
12the board. At the board’s first meeting, the board shall adopt rules, policies, and
13procedures for future meetings.
14 (c) The board shall appoint subject-specific subcommittees to research, make
15recommendations for, review, propose revisions to, and submit to the board the model
16academic standards required under s. 118.301 (3) and (4). Each subcommittee shall
17consist of the following members:
18 1. One individual appointed by the state superintendent who shall be a member
19of the board and who shall serve as a cochairperson of the subcommittee with the
20individual appointed under subd. 2. The individual appointed under this subdivision
21shall prepare a list containing the names of not more than 5 persons for consideration
22by the board as provided under subd. 3. a.
23 2. One individual appointed by the governor who shall be a member of the board
24and who shall serve as a cochairperson of the subcommittee with the person
25appointed under subd. 1. The individual appointed under this subdivision shall

1prepare a list containing the names of not more than 5 persons for consideration by
2the board as provided under subd. 3. b.

3 3. The following 5 individuals:
4 a. Two individuals selected from the list under subd. 1.
5 b. Three individuals selected from the list under subd. 2.
6 (d) The board may appoint up to 4 additional nonvoting members to each
7subject-specific subcommittee established under par. (c). The members appointed
8under this paragraph shall have professional training and expertise in the particular
9subject matter of the model academic standards subcommittee on which the
10individual serves.
11 (e) The board shall review and may modify and amend any model academic
12standards it receives from a subcommittee established under par. (c).
13Section 3. 118.30 (1) of the statutes, as affected by 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, is
14amended to read:
15 118.30 (1) The state superintendent shall adopt or approve examinations
16designed to measure pupil attainment of knowledge and concepts in the 4th, 8th, 9th,
1710th, and 11th grades. The examinations adopted or approved to measure pupil
18attainment of knowledge and concepts in English, reading, and language arts;
19mathematics; science; and social studies shall be aligned with the standards adopted
20under s. 118.301 (3) and (4).
21Section 4. 118.301 of the statutes is created to read:
22118.301 Model academic standards. (1) The legislature finds that the state
23of Wisconsin has the sole authority to adopt model academic standards. The
24legislature shall oppose any efforts by the federal government to coerce this state and

1the school boards of the school districts of this state into adopting any specific set of
2academic standards.

3(2) Prior to submitting any model academic standards to the state
4superintendent as required under subs. (3) and (4), the model academic standards
5board shall hold at least one public hearing on the proposed standards, take public
6testimony, and consider the testimony and all written comments submitted in
7connection with the hearing.
8(3) (a) No later than 12 months after the effective date of this paragraph ….
9[LRB inserts date], the model academic standards board shall submit to the state
10superintendent and to the legislative council staff recommended model academic
11standards in the following subject areas:
12 1. English, reading, and language arts.
13 2. Mathematics.
14 (b) 1. Within 30 days after receiving the recommended model academic
15standards under par. (a), the state superintendent shall post the standards
16submitted by the model academic standards board on the department’s Internet site
17and shall, taking into consideration the recommendations of the model academic
18standards board, prepare proposed model academic standards in the subject areas
19identified under par. (a) 1. and 2. for submission to the legislative council staff for
20review and comment. Prior to submitting the proposed model academic standards
21to the legislative council staff, the state superintendent shall hold at least one public
22hearing. The state superintendent may request from the legislative council staff one
2330-day extension to complete his or her review of the model academic standards
24submitted by the model academic standards board under par. (a) and to prepare and
25submit the proposed standards required under this subdivision. If, within 60 days

1after the date on which the model academic standards board submitted the
2standards under par. (a), the legislative council staff has not received the proposed
3model academic standards required under this subdivision, the legislative council
4staff shall forward the model academic standards submitted by the model academic
5standards board directly to the joint committee for review of administrative rules.
6If the joint committee for review of administrative rules receives the standards under
7this subdivision, the joint committee shall proceed as directed under subd. 4.

8 2. Within 20 days after receiving the proposed model academic standards under
9subd. 1., legislative council staff shall review the proposed model academic
10standards in the manner established under s. 227.15 (2), and shall submit, in
11writing, comments concerning the standards to the state superintendent. The
12legislative council staff shall include a link to the proposed model academic
13standards on the Internet site maintained as required under s. 227.15 (1m), together
14with the information required under that subsection.
15 3. Within 10 days after receiving comments from the legislative council staff
16under subd. 2., the state superintendent shall submit any response to the comments,
17together with the proposed model academic standards, to the joint committee for
18review of administrative rules.
19 4. Within 30 days after receiving the proposed model academic standards under
20subd. 3., the joint committee for review of administrative rules shall hold a public
21hearing on the proposed standards and either approve the proposed model academic
22standards or object to the proposed standards.
23 5. a. If the joint committee for review of administrative rules approves the
24model academic standards submitted under subd. 3., the state superintendent shall
25proceed under subd. 6.

1b. If the joint committee for review of administrative rules objects to the
2proposed model academic standards submitted under subd. 3., the joint committee
3for review of administrative rules shall prepare a bill that incorporates by reference
4the model academic standards submitted by the model academic standards board
5under par. (a) and introduce the bill in each house as provided under s. 227.19 (5) (e)
6to (g) and (6) (b), except that upon the introduction of the bills under s. 227.19 (5) (e),
7the presiding officer of each house of the legislature shall not refer the bill to the
8appropriate committee in that house as directed under s. 227.19 (6) (b), but shall
9place the bill introduced in that house on the calendar of that house according to its
10rule governing the placement of proposals on the calendar.

11 6. The state superintendent shall adopt as final the model academic standards
12approved under subd. 5. a. or enacted under subd. 5. b., except the state
13superintendent may not adopt the proposed model academic standards submitted
14under subd. 3. and not approved under subd. 5. a. until a bill introduced under subd.
155. b. and s. 227.19 (5) (e) fails to be enacted within the time frames specified in s.
16227.19 (5) (e) and (f).
17(4) (a) No later than 36 months after the effective date of this paragraph ….
18[LRB inserts date], the model academic standards board shall submit to the state
19superintendent and to the legislative council staff recommended model academic
20standards in the following subject areas:
21 1. Science.
22 2. Social studies.
23 (b) The state superintendent shall initiate the procedure under sub. (3) (b) for
24the review, consideration, and adoption of the model academic standards submitted
25under par. (a).

1(5) (a) The model academic standards board may submit to the state
2superintendent recommended model academic standards in the following subject
3areas:

4 1. Fine arts.
5 2. Health.
6 3. World languages.
7 4. Career and technical education.
8 5. Other subject areas identified by the board as warranting standardization.
9 (b) 1. The state superintendent shall initiate the procedure under sub. (3) (b)
10for the review, consideration, and adoption of any model academic standards
11submitted under par. (a).
12 2. If the model academic standards board does not submit any recommended
13model academic standards for the subject areas identified under par. (a), the state
14superintendent may develop, adopt as final, and revise model academic standards
15for those subject areas without following the procedure under sub. (3) (b).
16(6) The model academic standards board, the legislative council staff, the state
17superintendent, and the joint committee for review of administrative rules shall, in
18preparing, reviewing, modifying, and adopting the model academic standards
19required under this section, do all of the following:
20 (a) Ensure that the model academic standards do not prescribe curricula to be
21adopted by school boards.
22 (b) Ensure that the model academic standards establish, in a manner that is
23clear to pupils, parents, and the general public, high expectations for the knowledge
24and skills pupils must attain and master at each of the 12 grades.

1(7) (a) The model academic standards board, through the subcommittees
2established under s. 15.375 (1) (c), shall review and make recommendations for the
3updating of the model academic standards required to be adopted under subs. (3) and
4(4) and any model academic standards permitted to be recommended by the board,
5recommended by the board, and adopted under sub. (5) at least once every 6 years.

6 (b) The state superintendent may periodically review and revise any standards
7developed and adopted as final by the state superintendent under sub. (5) (b) 2.
8 (c) Each school board, operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r), and
9governing body of a private school participating in a program under s. 118.60 or
10119.23 may adopt the pupil academic standards approved under this section to
11supplement or replace the standards adopted under s. 118.30 (1g) (a).
12Section 5. Nonstatutory provisions.
13 (1) Notwithstanding section 15.375 (1) of the statutes, as created by this act,
14the initial members appointed to the model academic standards board under section
1515.375 (1) of the statutes, as created by this act, shall be appointed as follows:
16 (a) Two members appointed under section 15.375 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes, as
17created by this act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2015, and 2
18members shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2016.
19 (b) Two members under section 15.375 (1) (a) 2. of the statutes, as created by
20this act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2015, 2 members shall be
21appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2016, and 2 members shall be appointed for
22a term expiring on May 1, 2017.
23 (c) The member under section 15.375 (1) (a) 3. of the statutes, as created by this
24act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2018.

1(d) The member under section 15.375 (1) (a) 4. of the statutes, as created by this
2act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2017.

3 (e) The member under section 15.375 (1) (a) 5. of the statutes, as created by this
4act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2016.
5 (f) The member under section 15.375 (1) (a) 6. of the statutes, as created by this
6act, shall be appointed for a term expiring on May 1, 2015.
7 (End)

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