MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Both sides debated Wisconsin's Common Core public school standards at a State Capitol hearing Thursday.
Special Assembly and Senate committees are taking a second look at the three-year-old standards.
That's after conservatives started a national movement to drop them, for fear that Washington could set a national curriculum and seize private student data.
Dozens of people attended Thursday's hearing. State public school superintendent Tony Evers said the Common Core standards for math and English encourage complex thinking by students -- and it prepares them better for college and the workplace.
Evers also said the federal government did not coerce him into adopting the voluntary standards, to which one person in the audience yelled "Ha!"
Opponents shook their heads as Evers insisted that Common Core will not result in a loss of local control.
Edward Perkins of the tea party's Fox Valley Initiative said Common Core may lead to the end of the nation's dominance in technology.
Wisconsin was among the first states to adopt Common Core. 44 other states have done so.
The state panels will three other hearings October 16th in Fond du Lac, the 23rd in Eau Claire, and October 30th in Wausau.