State House Approves Funding For Common Core School Standards

Sep 26, 2013

A resolution that would restore funding for a set of nationwide school standards in Michigan is headed to the state Senate.

The measure cleared the Michigan House Thursday.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher tells us, it would only allow the Common Core state standards to move forward under certain conditions.

Among other things, the standards could not be used to dictate curriculum or prescribe particular teaching methods to local schools.

Democratic state Representative Theresa Abed had serious concerns about Common Core. But she said the resolution addresses those issues.

“We need to lift the pause button so our schools can proceed forward, but with more safeguards and accountability in place,” she said.

Some opponents still worry about new standardized tests that are expected to be implemented alongside Common Core. They say those tests will make it difficult for local school districts to design their own curriculum.