Michigan lawmakers this week stood up for state sovereignty regarding education policy and passed budgets that prohibit any funding for the controversial Common Core system.
As the Washington Times reports, “The Michigan measure is the latest blow to the system, now under fire from Republicans across the nation and others who fear it represents the surrender of local control over schools.”
Michigan’s legislature never approved of the Common Core standards. Some state lawmakers see this a cause for alarm as state education policy should be in the hands of elected officials.
“The Department of Education is trying to put Michigan schools in Common Core without legislative approval,” said McMillin. “Giving our authority to control what is taught in our schools to any national entity is wrong.”
In an interview with the Heartland Institute, McMillin stated, “We’re debating some standards in committee today on career-technical education. We don’t have this discussion if Common Core is in place. We have to go hat in hand to the [National Governors Association, which holds the Common Core copyright] and beg them to change the standards. They have a body that is not subject to freedom of information and open meetings acts. A private entity deciding what will be taught in all our public schools is just wrong.”
McMillin is also sponsoring House Bill 4276 to withdraw Michigan completely from Common Core. HB 4276 had one previous hearing in the House Education Policy Committee and is expected to have another in May. Americans For Prosperity-Michigan delivered a Letter of Support for this bill and is asking citizens to take action to support this legislation.
The reluctance to implement Common Core is seemingly a national trend. According to the Heritage Foundation, “Several other states are pushing back against a major overreach into state educational authority. The federal government’s close ties to the standards—with the Obama Administration using federal dollars and No Child Left Behind waivers to entice states to adopt common standards—has concerned many state leaders, and many are questioning the cost of implementation and the quality of the standards themselves as well.”
Following a conference committee to hammer out differences among the House and Senate budgets, the appropriation bill will go to Governor Snyder’s desk. Snyder’s proposed 2014 budget did not include any funding for Common Core.