State Legislature Could Vote To Reinstate Common Core Funding This Week

Sep 25, 2013

A resolution to reinstate funding for a set of nationwide school standards could move forward Thursday in Lansing.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, state lawmakers have been debating the Common Core State Standards for months.

Republican Representative Tim Kelly led a Legislative group that studied the issue over the summer. He says opponents of the Common Core have had plenty of opportunities to voice their concerns, and it’s now time to move on.

“This is ‘Whac-A-Mole’ for a lot of this,” he says.  “You know, every time there’s some sort of issue that’s come up, we’ve deflated it, and another one pops up.”

Kelly’s resolution includes a number of conditions meant to appease Common Core opponents. Among other things, the standards could not dictate curriculum and students’ personal information could not be shared with the federal government.

The measure would reverse a provision in the state budget that bars the Michigan Department of Education from spending any money to implement Common Core.