Common Core standards facing double trouble in Michigan legislature

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Michigan lawmakers are having second thoughts about the state’s 2010 adoption of a national set of K-12 learning standards for math and English, known as Common Core.

Earlier this week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a budget that prohibits the state education department from using tax dollars to implement Common Core and any related tests, reports The Heart lander.

appleThe budget plan being considered by the Senate “also includes an amendment saying the state department of education cannot use state money to ‘develop’ Common Core standards,” The Heartlander reports.

Since the national learning standards have already been developed, the Senate budget provision won’t be enough to stop Common Core from taking effect in 2014.

But it might indicate there’s enough support among legislators for the stronger language in the House budget, as well as a separate bill (HB 4276) to completely withdraw The Great Lakes State from the Common Core experiment.

Which anti-Common Core provision – if any – makes it into the final budget will be decided in May.

Meanwhile, House Education Committee Chair Lisa Posthumus Lyons has promised to hold a public hearing at some point for HB 4276.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is reportedly reviewing the issue of Common Core and currently has no position.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, is spearheading the House effort to dump Common Core. He says the national learning standards plan will transfer control over what Michigan schools are teaching students from parents and taxpayers to the National Governors Association, the private entity that’s behind the national standards program.

“A private entity deciding what will be taught in all our public schools is just wrong,” McMillin said.


This Article written by Ben Velderman at

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  1. sickend says

    centurion…you are an idiot. this whole fiasco was brought down by the conservative morons you elect. there was no real teracher input

  2. grassroot says

    More Liberal Fascism,,

  3. CapNCraigAgain says

    Beware! CC is heavily funded by Microsoft and GE to control which students get what level of eduction, as well as what paths of future employment will available to them, as well as what level of administrative indoctrination for the planned socialized government.

    Many other states that initially signed on to the CC bandwagon have had second thoughts. The promise of money was strong, but the net effects of private interest control over strategic decisions is to great to hand over to an outside group.

    1. grassroot says

      Little Hitler needing some brown shirts?

  4. Centurion ' says

    I will join a fight to keep this Socialist agenda known as Common Core out of my Grandchildren’s school no matter how many Liberal teachers try to justify this anti American indoctrination.

  5. Lowell says

    Any way you look at common core it comes up really bad. Stop this before it is to late.

  6. DenverKitty says

    Common Core MUST be stopped!

    1. phunyfarm says

      CC is a sick joke played upon innocents.

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