Schools could be exempt from Common Core program

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Portrait of a female lecturer sitting at a desk in a classroom

Portrait of a female lecturer sitting at a desk in a classroom

A Michigan House committee is expected to debate a bill that would remove Michigan schools from participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The legislation will be taken up by the House Education Committee Wednesday.

The Common Core Standards Initiative is a set of educational standards for K-12th grade schools designed to give teachers clear goals for student learning. It is led by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. States can choose whether to adopt the standards.

Republican Rep. Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills says the standards are an "obvious overreach by the federal government" into Michigan classrooms.

Supporters say the standards let Michigan teachers compare student achievement to other states and remove the standards would hurt students.

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