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Letter: Costly school programs take away local control

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After 36 years of teaching in public schools I care about what happens in education. There are two educational programs of which Wisconsin citizens need to be aware.

They are called Common Core and the International Baccalaureate Curriculum.

Both programs limit local control of curriculum, lessen or eliminate parental input, and have high long-term costs.

The Common Core State Standards is a set of national K-12 standards -- a "one-size fits all" program.

It was adopted in Wisconsin in 2010 and allows information from student-data tracking to be given to the federal government. Many states have declined involvement in Common Core. Some states are reevaluating their decision to adopt it.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum, which begins in the primary grades and continues through high school, is designed to be used in every country throughout the world.

The curriculum cannot be adapted to the needs of local communities. IB replaces current Advanced Placement programs.

IB has its origins in the United Nations and is already in 18 eastern Wisconsin school districts.

I urge you to find out more about these programs and work to keep them out of our schools.

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