Thursday, May 30, 2013

Legislators Demand Hearings - - When It Suits Them

Double standards on top of no standards makes for bad public policy from education to water conservation, Wisconsin taxpayers will find:

No hearings were held when legislators essentially deregulated the siting of high-capacity wells - - 'Hearings? We don't even need an author's name on it' - -  but the same legislators brought years of work establishing so-called Common Core curricula to a halt by...mandating multiple hearings:

State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers would be barred from putting in place Common Core standards until his department holds at least three public hearings on the standards and issues a report on them.

But the practical effect of that was unclear since Common Core consists only of math and reading, and those standards have already been adopted.

The agency, along with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, would also have to determine how much it would cost to fully implement the standards and how much it would cost to stop implementation.

A legislative study committee could also be set up under the budget proposal and hold hearings of its own.

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