Lawmakers start hearings on Common Core standards

LANSING (AP) – Supporters of Michigan’s 3-year-old decision to adopt new standards in reading and math say they’re stricter and better prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

Backers of Common Core standards testified Tuesday in Lansing before a House subcommittee.

The standards were adopted by the state education board in 2010, but lawmakers recently blocked funding for the initiative after some Republicans raised concerns it’s an intrusion into local schools.

Supporters told lawmakers that Common Core defines instructional goals and outcomes, but curriculum decisions are left to local schools. Gov. Rick Snyder supports the standards adopted by 45 states as a way to raise the bar.

Legislators must authorize moving ahead before the state can spend money on Common Core after September. Another hearing will be held in two weeks.