State lawmakers consider dropping Common Core Standards for schools

Mar 20, 2013

Some state lawmakers say it’s time to drop a set standards meant to evaluate schools across the country.

A House panel heard testimony today on a bill to opt out of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

Republican Representative Tom McMillin says it’s a federal takeover of school curriculum.

“We don’t want our kids to be common. We want our kids in Michigan to be exceptional. And this certainly lowers the bar, and makes it so that we have no ability to raise the bar.”

Supporters of the Common Core standards say they are an effective way to make sure Michigan students are college and career ready.

They say the state oversees the program, not the federal government. Michigan adopted the standards in 2010.