Money to back new education standards left out in budget proposal
Michigan would be barred from spending money to implement new education standards in public schools unless the Legislature approves it, under a budget proposal the state House has passed.
A budget bill for the Michigan Department of Education approved by a 63 to 46 vote Tuesday includes language that would require the Legislature to affirm the Common Core State Standards and the assessment that goes along with it before the department could use any funding to implement the standards.
The proposal is part a $34.4 billion spending plan that now heads to the Senate for approval.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says in a statement that at a time when Michigan needs "to be focusing on the highest-quality education for Michigan's kids," the Legislature is going "backwards."