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Michigan House Passes Bill to Unfreeze Standards Aid

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A freeze on spending for the Common Core State Standards in Michigan would be eliminated under a resolution the House of Representatives approved last week.

House Resolution 11, introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Kelly, would allow the state's education department and board of education to continue spending state funds on the standards as well as the common-core-aligned assessments produced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The resolution passed on an 85-21 vote.

Michigan lawmakers had approved the spending freeze, scheduled to begin Oct. 1, in the state budget to give them more time to review the standards. The resolution will now be considered by the Michigan Senate.

The resolution preserves districts' power under the standards, while explicitly preventing certain student information from being shared with the federal government. Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, is a supporter of the common core.

Vol. 33, Issue 06, Page 4

Published in Print: October 2, 2013, as Michigan House Passes Bill to Unfreeze Standards Aid
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