An important Michigan Senate committee passed a bill this week to withdraw the state from Common Core standards.
The vote came after compelling testimony by a 7-year-old boy.
Passage of the legislation is an important step toward nullifying Common Core in the state.
Senate Bill 826 (SB826) was introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck and had six co-sponsors. It also creates a framework to establish new state standards to replace Common Core.
Michigan residents packed the room for the Senate Education Committee hearing. Several children also came to share their personal experiences with the Common Core standards.
One child was given time to offer testimony and 7 year old Cody Prested spoke passionately about the Common Core testing.
He said it’s ‘rigor’ had made him lose faith in his ability to complete his studies.
“When I took the test, I was very frustrated not knowing if I answered the questions correct.” Cody said during his testimony. “It even asked me questions I have not learned in school yet. That scared me because I didn’t know if I was going to pass the test… These are feelings I should not have in school!”
Shortly after Cody testified, the Senate Education Committee approved the bill with a 4 to 1 vote.
Sen. Phil Pavlov, chair of the Senate Education Committee, called Common Core a “disastrous national experiment.”
“It is time to end the disastrous national experiment that is Common Core and let Michigan manage its own destiny to achieve excellence in our education system,” Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, said in a statement. “This bill sets quality, Michigan-controlled standards that give our schools consistency for the future and give local communities a voice in their children’s education.”
It is unclear when the Common Core legislation will be taken up by the full Michigan Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, has no timeline on the legislation, said his spokesperson, Amber McCann. Meekhof is currently focused on moving the state budget and resolving outstanding issues like the Detroit Public Schools rescue package, she said.
If you are unfamiliar with Common Core, I HIGHLY recommend starting with Dr. Jane Robbins 5 part series. Dr. Robbins explains what Common Core is, how it was created, and the disastrous effects it is having on our children.
Here is Part one out of 5; Stop the Common Core