Sen. Colbeck introduces legislation to repeal and replace Common Core

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would repeal and replace Common Core standards in Michigan.

Senate Bill 826 would bring an end to the Common Core standards currently in place in Michigan. SB 826 will be a companion bill to an upcoming House Bill being introduced by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. The proposed legislation would help to raise the expectations for the education of Michigan students and better equip them to be good citizens.

At a recent press conference hosted by Glenn, Colbeck underscored the need to put children at the center of Michigan’s education system. Fellow legislators and educators at the event echoed this concern.

“Both bills would repeal the state’s current, unproven Common Core standards and replace them with the proven Massachusetts pre-Common Core standards for Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science,” said Colbeck.

Referencing a 2014 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report by the Business Leaders for Michigan, Glenn said, “In every measure listed by the business leaders of Michigan, the Massachusetts pre-Common Core standards are the best in terms of actual test scores and results. Michigan’s school students deserve the best standards, based on proven results.”

Rachel Torres, a third grade teacher in Farmington, agreed.

“Standardized tests using the Common Core formula put even a classroom’s smartest kids in a position of feeling frustrated trying to answer questions based on concepts they’ve never learned,” Torres said.

The following senators have co-sponsored the bill so far: Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth; Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

SB 826 has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.


Photo caption: Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, in the Senate chamber in the Michigan Capitol.