LANSING, Mich. – 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.
The 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.