Lawmaker pleased citizens will have input on issue
State Rep. Tom McMillin today praised a decision today that places a pause on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Education conference report approved today prevents any funding for implementation of Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing.
“I commend my colleagues for allowing the citizens of Michigan to have input on this important matter,” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, who earlier this year hosted a group of national education experts to testify about Common Core in the House Education Committee. “Implementing Common Core, which turns over the authority of the standards taught in our classrooms to a national private entity, is deserving of rigorous debate. Without that kind of discussion, no state funds should be appropriated toward advancing it throughout the state.”
Education experts agree that McMillin’s efforts to remove state funding from Common Core will result in continued local control of Michigan schools.
Emmett McGroarty of the American Principles Project praised McMillin’s efforts to stop state funding of the initiative.
“Representative McMillin and the Legislature have stood tall for the right of Michigan citizens to control the education of their children” McGroarty said. “This is a wonderful affirmation of America’s constitutional structure and of the Founders’ vision of citizen-directed government.”