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Michigan Gives Final OK to Common Core Standards

Michigan Gives Final OK to Common Core Standards

The Michigan Legislature has given the final go-ahead to resume spending money to implement more rigorous and uniform national education standards.

The Republican-led House approved a resolution Tuesday on a voice vote.

Since Oct. 1, the state was unable to spend money to put in place Common Core math and reading standards in K-12 schools because of a provision in the budget pausing the work. The state Education Department immediately resumed Common Core-related activities last week, because both the House and Senate had affirmatively acted despite passing different versions of a resolution.

Now both chambers have approved the same measure.

The standards won approval from the state education board with little fanfare three years ago but have since divided Republicans, despite winning broad support in the business and education communities.

 

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