Common Core resolution introduced in state Senate

After numerous delays, Common Core could soon be implemented in Michigan.

State Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 on Thursday, which would authorize the state Department of Education to finally move forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards.

The resolution is similar to one overwhelmingly passed by the House last month. The new resolution has been forwarded to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration, and then must pass the full Senate and be approved by the state House.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, has not indicated a timetable for taking up the resolution. The MIRS newsletter reported this week that Richardville is struggling to find enough votes in the Republican caucus to pass it.

Despite three years’ of work by school employees and administrators to prepare for the new standards, state lawmakers placed a ban on Common Core when they passed the Department of Education budget earlier this year.

The state would face the following consequences for failing to implement Common Core:

  • Michigan will lose its flexibility waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, immediately making every school in Michigan accountable for having 100 percent of students proficient in math and reading.
  • Not a single public school will qualify as making AYP, resulting in NCLB sanctions like providing students with choice and transportation to other school districts, costly tutoring services, and much more.
  • Local districts will once again have to change learning standards for teachers and students, and be forced to base teacher evaluations on the old MEAP and Michigan Merit Exam.
  • School districts will lose untold amounts of federal Title I funds that would have otherwise gone to help underprivileged students.

The Common Core State Standards have strong support from educators, as more than 75 percent of National Education Association members either fully or partially support the standards, according to a poll released earlier this month by the NEA.