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Michigan pulls away from Common Core

Michigan pulls away from Common Core

Via the Washington Times:

The Michigan House on Wednesday passed a bill that prohibits any funding for Common Core, a set of math and English standards voluntarily adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. 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.

“Giving our authority to control what is taught in schools to any national entity is wrong. I am glad the House is taking up the debate of whether this is appropriate,” said state Rep. Tom McMillin, Rochester Republican. The bill also must be passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to become law, though it’s unclear whether it will move beyond the House.

Regardless of the bill’s fate, Mr. McMillin’s words are indicative of a larger attitude. Fear of national control over education is what drove the Republican National Committee earlier this month to adopt a resolution strongly condemning Common Core.

The RNC took that step even though many Republican governors, including Tennessee’s Bill Haslam and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, strongly support the system, as do former governors and education-reform champions such as Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels.

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