Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 15, 2013

Panel meeting again on Common Core

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are continuing to take a closer look at whether the state should implement stricter benchmarks in reading and math.

A House subcommittee on Wednesday will hold the third hearing on Common Core State Standards in a month. The state education board adopted the standards in 2010, but Republicans in Lansing recently blocked state funding for the initiative after conservatives raised concerns it’s an intrusion into local schools.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and many in the business and education communities support the national standards as a way to raise the bar for academic achievement.

The Legislature must affirmatively authorize moving ahead before the state can spend money again on Common Core. The committee is expected to meet at least one more time before making a recommendation to legislators.



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