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Earlier this month, the Michigan Senate voted 24-14 to approve the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) budget with State Representative Tom McMillin’s (R-Rochester Hills) amendment that prevents the state education department from spending money to implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Local school districts can still spend money from their budgets to implement it, if they choose.
The language in the bill is safe from a line-item veto, so Gov. Rick Snyder would have had to veto the entire budget to stop the amendment. This measure, in reality, pauses the Common Core in order to have a vigorous debate among Mitten State residents about whether it is a good or bad idea for our children.
According to House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) the decision whether to implement Common Core is likely to happen “in the fall.”
“I’ve asked members to go home all summer, to talk to people in the education committee, talk to their citizens, get informed and to be ready to come back to cast a vote, yes or no, in regard to moving forward with Common Core,” Bolger said after the budget signing.
Bolger said the vote could come before the Oct. 1 start of the state’s fiscal year, when the provision blocking funding for the standards in the Michigan Department of Education budget would take effect.
Now the official debate begins. Be sure to talk to everyone you know. Pass along this good news. Schedule meetings, write op-eds, speak to your school board, and check out articles online. The education elites, who think they know better than we do how to educate our children, will not go down without a fight. They may even begin to run television ads!
Our goal should be to inform as many citizens as we can because the grass-roots can make a difference.
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