MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin state chamber of commerce is speaking out in support of Common Core academic standards that have drawn fire from some conservatives in the state Legislature and calls for changes from Gov. Scott Walker.
Jim Morgan, president of the educational division of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, issued a statement Monday saying the standards ``have given local communities a common purpose, the states a common goal and our country a tool to ensure our long-term success.''
Walker last month said he will back legislation creating a commission to review and recommend changes to the standards, hoping that the outcome will be tougher than the Common Core.
But Morgan says in the statement that the Common Core standards make ``common sense for Wisconsin's school districts.''