Sen. Colbeck invites testimony on Common Core standards at upcoming Education Committee meeting

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, is encouraging concerned teachers, parents, and students to share their experiences with Michigan’s Common Core standards at the Senate Education Committee’s April 26 meeting.

“Our goal as a state should be to create the best educational environment for our students,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Looking at the educational performance data from Michigan over the past six years since Common Core standards were adopted in 2010, it is evident that there is much room for improvement when only 50 percent of third graders can read and only 28 percent of High School Juniors are proficient in Math.”

Feedback provided by teachers, students, and parents at the April 19 Education Committee meeting indicated strong support for adopting new education standards, which would be achieved with the passage of Senate Bill 826.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Colbeck, would repeal the state’s current Common Core standards and replace them with the proven pre-Common Core state of Massachusetts standards. The bill is based on HB 5444, which was drafted by state Rep. Gary Glenn, with input from concerned educators, parents, and students.

“The pre-Common Core Massachusetts standards were ranked number one in the nation based on student performance. Such a framework would better enable Michigan to become a top ten education state in ten years, a goal set by the Michigan Department of Education in December of 2015,” Sen. Colbeck said.

Individuals concerned about the future of Michigan’s education system and the opportunities it offers for our children are encouraged to offer testimony at the SB 826 Common Core hearing on Tuesday, April 26 at 8 a.m. in Room 110 of the Farnum Building located at 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing, MI 48933.

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