This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
The fight over the Common Core has once again reared its head in Lansing. On Tuesday, both the State Board of Education and the Senate Education Committee heard testimony from Dr. Yong Zhao, a professor of education at the University of Oregon who, among other things, is a vocal anti-Common Core advocate. The House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness met on Wednesday to take testimony on HB 4192, an extreme and problem-ridden piece of legislation aimed at banning any form of the Common Core in Michigan, though it goes much further than that and could effectively prohibit schools from creating local graduation requirements or the state from providing students with a free college entrance exam. For its part, the House Education Committee met Thursday to hear testimony from education think-tank ExcelInEd and the Michigan Department of Education, both of who spoke about the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its impact on Michigan, particularly as it relates to school accountability. Interestingly, the conversation in House Education ventured onto the topic of the state content standards and it became clear that a fair number of House members on both sides of the aisle have serious reservations about the anti-Common Core legislation.