common core http://michiganradio.org en Common Core standards in Michigan are forcing big changes in education http://michiganradio.org/post/common-core-standards-michigan-are-forcing-big-changes-education <p>J<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ust last year, when I brought up the Common Core to my non-educator friends, I would usually see a furrowed brow and a tilted head.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’d never heard of it.</span></p><p>That’s certainly changed. Most people have at least heard of Common Core by now.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, I find very few folks have anything more than the vaguest notions about the Common Core. They seem to know that most states are a part of it, but not much more.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:13:02 +0000 Keith Kindred 15750 at http://michiganradio.org Common Core standards in Michigan are forcing big changes in education Stateside for Monday, December 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-december-16th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Great recession and the accompanying housing meltdown changed the way many of us think about home-ownership. For decades, owning a home seemed to be part of the American Dream, but that dream has changed. On today’s show -- the rise of renters and what it means for the state’s housing market.</span>Then, this month marks the 100 year anniversary of one of the most painful chapters in Michigan’s labor history. We explored the Copper Country Strike of 1913 later in the hour.</p><p>And, the U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more and more married couples choose to remain child free. We spoke with the director of the Childless by Choice Project about what goes behind this choice and what are the future consequences.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Back in 2010, the State Board of Education approved the Common Core State Standards for Michigan — a set of math and English goals for K-12 students.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">School districts across the state have spent the past three years integrating the standards into their curriculums. At the same time, we've heard a lot of political debate about Common Core, mostly about the involvement of the federal government in our classrooms.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">But in October of this year, state lawmakers OK'd funding for Common Core, and now it is becoming a reality in Michigan classrooms.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">We wanted to find out: What does this mean — day-in, day-out — for Michigan's students?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">What does a school year under Common Core really look like?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us is Naomi Norman, the executive director of Achievement Initiatives at Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Livingston Educational Service Agency.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:28:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15711 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, December 16th, 2013 How are 'Common Core' standards playing out in Michigan classrooms today? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-common-core-standards-playing-out-michigan-classrooms-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 2010, the State Board of Education approved the Common Core State Standards for Michigan — a set of math and English goals for K-12 students.</span></p><p>School districts across the state have spent the past three years integrating the standards into their curricula. At the same time, we've heard a lot of political debate about Common Core, mostly about the involvement of the federal government in our classrooms.</p><p>But in October of this year, state lawmakers OK'd funding for Common Core, and now it is becoming a reality in Michigan classrooms.</p><p>We wanted to find out: What does this mean — day-in, day-out — for Michigan's students?</p><p>What does a school year under Common Core really look like?</p><p>Joining us is Naomi Norman, the executive director of Achievement Initiatives at Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Livingston Educational Service Agency.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:46:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15706 at http://michiganradio.org How are 'Common Core' standards playing out in Michigan classrooms today? Senate putting finishing touches on Common Core resolution http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-putting-finishing-touches-common-core-resolution <p>Lawmakers in the state Senate hope to move forward this week on a plan to fund the implementation of new school standards.</p><p>Republican leaders in the Senate had hoped to introduce a resolution last week to fund the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. But Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) says it was a good idea to wait because there were so many concerns that had to be addressed.</p><p>&ldquo;I want people to have a good look at it and hear from some other experts before we do anything,&rdquo; said Richardville. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always on our radar screen because it&rsquo;s an important issue. We&rsquo;re not going to let that one drag out forever.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:49:45 +0000 Jake Neher 14831 at http://michiganradio.org Senate putting finishing touches on Common Core resolution New bill seeks to protect students’ privacy, bans personal information on tests http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bill-seeks-protect-students-privacy-bans-personal-information-tests <p>A state lawmaker wants to ban school exams that require students&rsquo; personal information other than their name and student identification number.</p><p>Republican state Representative Tim Kelly&rsquo;s bill would also ban collecting biometric data &mdash; like students&rsquo; heart rates and eye movements.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s kind of some creepy aspects to some of the technology that&rsquo;s being introduced today,&rdquo; Kelly said. &ldquo;And this is kind of an effort to ward against some of the things that may or may not be the best thing for students.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:34:59 +0000 Jake Neher 14764 at http://michiganradio.org New bill seeks to protect students’ privacy, bans personal information on tests In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, money for college grads, Common Core funding http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-shutdown-money-college-grads-common-core-funding <p><strong>Michigan and the shutdown</strong></p><p>&quot;As the federal government shutdown heads into day three, half a dozen national nature preserves in Michigan are now closed. Michigan is in the process of identifying thousands of state employees whose jobs are paid for with federal funds. State budget officials say they will have to be laid off if the federal shutdown lasts for more than two weeks. Food and cash assistance programs could also run out of money,&quot; Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>College grads that stay in Michigan could get a tax break</strong></p><p>&quot;College graduates who choose to stay in Michigan would get a tax break under a bill in the state Senate. The plan would affect students who earn a four-year degree from a Michigan college or university. They could get up to half of what they pay in student loans back when they file their yearly income taxes,&quot; Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Federal money at risk if Common Core is not funded in Michigan</strong></p><p>&quot;State education officials say more than a billion dollars of federal school funding is at risk as the state Senate debates a set of nationwide school standards. The state budget that took effect this week bars the Michigan Department of Education from spending any money to implement the Common Core standards,&quot; Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:16:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14700 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, money for college grads, Common Core funding Talking about Common Core, Detroit extra pension paychecks, adoption refusal bill http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-about-common-core-detroit-extra-pension-paychecks-adoption-refusal-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each week, I review the news with political analyst Jack </span>Lessenberry.</p><p>Today we<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discussed&nbsp;</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-approves-funding-common-core-school-standards" style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Core</a>&nbsp;education standards<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/undisclosed-payments-cost-detroit-pension-plan-billions/?hp&amp;_r=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">new details </a>about some practices&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">that led to Detroit&#39;s financial crisis, and legislation to </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bills-would-allow-faith-based-agencies-refuse-process-adoptions-michigan" style="line-height: 1.5;">refuse adoptions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> based on religious reasons.</span></p><p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Rina Miller 14617 at http://michiganradio.org Talking about Common Core, Detroit extra pension paychecks, adoption refusal bill Do we lack a ‘common core?’ http://michiganradio.org/post/do-we-lack-common-core <p></p><p>My guess is that 30 years ago, the so-called Common Core education standards wouldn&rsquo;t have been controversial at all.</p><p>As State Board of Education President John Austin told me yesterday, Common Core is not a curriculum. It doesn&rsquo;t dictate what classes are to be taught. It doesn&rsquo;t come from the federal government, and it is not being imposed by the federal government. Nor does it allow Washington or the United Nations to track students, or give outsiders any say in their education.&nbsp;</p><p>Common Core is merely a set of standards designed to try to make sure that students in Michigan get both an adequate education, and approximately the same education as students in Florida or Indiana or Oregon.</p><p>The Common Core standards actually grew out of conservative, standards-based ideas. They came about because of widespread realization that many schools were just not doing the job, and were graduating students who weren&rsquo;t adequately prepared for modern jobs or any kind of higher education.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:23:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14616 at http://michiganradio.org Do we lack a ‘common core?’ In this morning's headlines: Feds in Detroit, drug test unemployment bill, Common Core funding http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-feds-detroit-drug-test-unemployment-bill-common-core-funding <p><strong>Obama administration in Detroit, to announce $300 million for the city</strong></p><p>White House officials will be in Detroit today. As Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-officials-head-detroit-meeting-aid-package-works"> reports,</a></p><p>&quot;White House officials are expected to announce about 300 million in public and private dollars for Detroit. It will be a combination of new money, and federal dollars the city had been granted but couldn&#39;t access,&quot; Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Fail a drug test, lose unemployment benefits bill moves forward</strong></p><p><br />&quot;Job seekers who refuse or fail an employer drug test could lose their unemployment benefits under a bill adopted by the state House,&quot; Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/drug-test-failure-could-imperil-jobless-benefits">reports.</a></p><p><strong>State House votes to restore funding to Common Core</strong></p><p>&quot;Michigan would continue to implement a set of state school standards under a resolution that cleared the state House. State lawmakers stopped funding for the implementation of the Common Core standards earlier this year,&quot; Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-approves-funding-common-core-school-standards">reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:25:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14615 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Feds in Detroit, drug test unemployment bill, Common Core funding State House approves funding for Common Core school standards http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-approves-funding-common-core-school-standards <p>The state House has voted to reinstate funding for the Common Core state school standards.</p><p>More than 40 other states have chosen to adopt the standards, which set yearly expectations for what students should learn at every grade level in math and language arts.</p><p>But earlier this year, Michigan lawmakers temporarily barred the state from spending money to implement Common Core. A legislative panel was formed to study the issue over the summer, and its chair, Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) crafted a resolution based on more than 17 hours of public testimony.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:22:44 +0000 Jake Neher 14612 at http://michiganradio.org State House approves funding for Common Core school standards What's going on with Common Core? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-common-core <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You might have heard about the Common Core education standards and maybe a bit about the fuss over these new standards. We wanted to get a little more information about what&rsquo;s going on.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">We talked to Michael Brickman, the national policy director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative education policy think tank.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:23:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 14602 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with Common Core? In this morning's headlines: Common Core, adoption refusals, wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-common-core-adoption-refusals-wolf-hunt <p><strong>Lawmakers to vote on Common Core</strong></p><p>&quot;After months of debate, lawmakers are poised to vote on whether Michigan should continue implementing more rigorous education standards known as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislature-could-vote-reinstate-common-core-funding-soon">Common Core</a>. The House Education Committee today plans to consider a resolution letting the state put in place new uniform math and reading standards,&quot; the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Bills move forward to allow faith-based agencies to refuse to process adoptions</strong></p><p>&quot;A state House panel has approved legislation to allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with a family based on a religious objection. Instead, an agency would have to refer a qualified family to an adoption office that would handle the placement,&quot; Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bills-would-allow-faith-based-agencies-refuse-process-adoptions-michigan">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Wolf hunt licenses on sale Saturday</strong></p><p><br />Wolf hunting licenses go on sale Saturday. The wolf hunt season will span from Nov. 15- Dec. 31, or until 43 wolves are killed.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:26:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14595 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Common Core, adoption refusals, wolf hunt State Legislature could vote to reinstate Common Core funding soon http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislature-could-vote-reinstate-common-core-funding-soon <p>State lawmakers have been debating the Common Core State Standards for months. The nationwide school standards lay out specific things that students should know after each grade level. The goal is to set expectations for students no matter where they live in the United States.</p><p>But opponents say Common Core would strip local control of school curriculum and could compromise the security of students’ personal information through data collection.</p><p>Now, the state House Education Committee is set to take up House Concurrent Resolution 11 Thursday morning.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:35:13 +0000 Jake Neher 14591 at http://michiganradio.org State Legislature could vote to reinstate Common Core funding soon Should schools continue to teach kids to write in cursive? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-schools-continue-teach-kids-write-cursive <p>When was the last time you got a hand-written note in the mail?</p><p>When was the last time you wrote a note in cursive?</p><p>The recently approved Common Core standards don&#39;t include a requirement to teach children cursive. That&rsquo;s prompted a question. Do we need cursive or is it merely an antiquated writing style that&rsquo;s not all that useful anymore?</p><p>Gerry Conti&nbsp;is a neuroscientist and occupational therapist and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:12:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 14583 at http://michiganradio.org Should schools continue to teach kids to write in cursive? Stateside for Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-25th-2013 <p>So, whatever happened to moderates in politics? It seems everyone is an ideologue and "compromise" is a dirty word. On today's show, we talked to a former Republican leader who says the disappearance of the moderate is becoming a real problem in his party.</p><p>And, we talked with a "genius."</p><p>The MacArther Foundation has announced this year's "genius grants," and one of the 24 who has been recognized as an exceptionally creative individual is from the University of Michigan.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And, the new Common Core Curriculum does not require that kids learn cursive, but is that really what is best?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Also, shoplifting is now a felony in Michigan. What does this mean for consumers and shop owners?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And, a music student at the University of Michigan will have his work performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We talked to him about his piece.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would overhaul auto insurance in the state.</span></p><p>There are several aspects to this. Jake Neher&nbsp;with Michigan Public Radio Network joined us today to help us wade through what has been proposed.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:29:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14589 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 Schools working to implement Common Core despite political controversy http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-working-implement-common-core-despite-political-controversy <p>As early as today state lawmakers may revisit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.corestandards.org/">Common Core State Standards</a>. In the spring,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan’s Board of Education adopted the standards, b</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut until now the legislature,</span><a href="http://stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;concerned primarily, although not exclusively&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about local control, made it impossible for the state to spend any money implementing the Common Core. </span></p><p>Schools all ov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">er Michigan have already begun implementing the standards, and state funds for implementation are unlikely to help struggling districts buy the materials they need to align their curriculums and prepare students to be tested on the Common Core. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/schools-working-implement-common-core-despite-political-controversy">State of Opportunity has the full story</a> of two rural schools implementing the Common Core and having different experiences with the new standards.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:45:03 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 14580 at http://michiganradio.org Schools working to implement Common Core despite political controversy This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-common-core-hearings-suburbs-weigh-dia-flints-master-plan <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the upcoming hearings on Common Core, the suburban reaction to the possible sale of DIA art, and Flint's new Master Plan.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:02:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13977 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan State lawmakers look to get Common Core discussions back on track http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-get-common-core-discussions-back-track <p>National education activist Diane Ravitch is expected tomorrow to urge state lawmakers not to adopt a set of nation-wide school standards. A state House panel is holding several hearings over the summer on the Common Core State Standards.</p><p>The committee will also hear testimony from supporters, including business leaders and state education officials.</p><p>Democratic state Representative Adam Zemke sits on the panel.</p><p>“If you look at the list of presenters that we have coming to talk, it’s really a wide range of positions on the Common Core. And they all have significant credibility to their standing.”<br><br>Ravitch and other opponents say the Common Core standards take away local control and are not proven to improve student performance.<br><br>Supporters say the standards are necessary to make sure Michigan students are ready for college and careers.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:21:11 +0000 Jake Neher 13970 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers look to get Common Core discussions back on track Stateside for Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-17th-2013 <p>A state House panel in Lansing has kicked off a series of hearings on Common Core. You may have been hearing about the Common Core lately. They're a set of nationwide school standards put together by the National Governors' Association and they're being debated around the nation. We spoke with Michigan School Board President John Austin, a supporter of Common Core, and state Representive Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills), an opponent of the standards.</p><p>And, Michigan is seeing a lot of growth in its craft beer industry. We took a look at what’s behind this growth and what some Michigan brewers are doing to protect our waters.</p><p>Also, photographer Susan Webb joined us today to talk about her exhibit in the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, which links 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;century Detroit to the ancient city of Petra.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he latest word on new car sales in Europe is not anything that's bringing cheer at GM, Ford and Chrysler headquarters.</span></p><p>New car sales in Europe have just suffered their worst June in seventeen years, and the six-month number is the worst in 20 years.</p><p>Let's look at what's behind this protracted free fall in European car sales.</p><p>Reporter Russell Padmore from the BBC in London joined us today.</p><p>And, what do these European car sales numbers mean to folks at the Ren Cen in Detroit, Glass House in Dearborn, or the Tech Center in Auburn Hills? In other words, how are the poor sales in Europe affecting GM, Ford and Chrysler?</p><p>For that we turn to auto analyst Michele Krebs who’s with <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/">Edmunds.com</a>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:06:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13582 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 The Common Core hearings have begun, but just what are these standards? http://michiganradio.org/post/common-core-hearings-have-begun-just-what-are-these-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, a state House panel in Lansing kicked off a series of hearings on </span><a href="http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-issues/page-edu-issues/col2-content/main-content-list/common-core-state-standards.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Core</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. You might have been hearing about the Common Core lately. It's a set of nationwide school standards put together by the National Governors Association and being debated around the nation.</span></p><p>State lawmakers recently passed a budget that bars the Michigan Department of Education from implementing the standards.</p><p>Supporters of the standards - including Governor Rick Snyder and State Superintendent Michael Flanagan - say Common Core is essential to making sure students in Michigan are ready for college and careers.</p><p>Opponents say the standards strip local control and were developed without transparency.</p><p>We sat down with Michigan School Board President John Austin, a supporter of Common Core, and State Representative Tom McMillin, an opponent of the standards.</p><p>But first, let's get a better understanding of just what these standards are.</p><p>Michelle Richard, Senior Consultant at Public Sector Consultants, specializing in education policy and research, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:41:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 13583 at http://michiganradio.org The Common Core hearings have begun, but just what are these standards?