New Learning Standards Spur Debate

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A set of educational benchmarks has sparked a contentious debate in Lansing, pitting Republican Gov. Rick Snyder against the Republican-led Legislature.

Michigan adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. The standards in reading, writing and math have been adopted by 44 other states.

But Republican lawmakers are pushing measures to halt the implementation of the standards in Michigan classrooms, including budget bills that would defund the standards.

Opponents say the standards take away local control of education. But supporters say the benchmarks will provide clear, uniform goals that will boost student performance.

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