State Senate votes to lift Common Core ban

The state Senate voted Thursday to lift Michigan’s ban on the Common Core State Standards and allow the Michigan Department of Education to move forward in implementing them.

House Concurrent Resolution 11, which would lift the ban, passed the House on Sept. 26. The Senate passed an amended version of HCR 11 on Thursday. HCR 11 now returns to the House for final approval.

When the Legislature passed the Department of Education budget this summer, it inserted a ban on funding Common Core implementation — despite three years of preparation by teachers and school administrators.

The Common Core State Standards have strong support from educators, as more than 75 percent of National Education Association members either support the standards wholeheartedly or with some reservations, according to a poll released last month by the NEA.