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Michigan Education Update
April 26, 2016

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  *   Anti-Standards Bill Threatens to Move Michigan Backward
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Anti-Standards Bill Threatens to Move Michigan Backward

Earlier today, the State Senate Education Committee passed a bill by a vote of 4-1 that would stall the progress that Michigan has worked so hard to achieve, by eliminating career- and college-ready standards for all students. Instead, Michigan would be required to use outdated standards from Massachusetts that were replaced nearly ten years ago<> because they were not preparing students for success after high school. The bill would also require the Michigan Department of Education to move to a new, validated state assessment for next school year, based on the 2008-2009 Massachusetts assessment.

Opposition to Senate Bill 8263 (Colbeck – R) includes:

  *   American Association of University Women
  *   American Federation of Teachers – Michigan
  *   Business Leaders for Michigan
  *   Calhoun Intermedia School District
  *   Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  *   Education Trust - Midwest
  *   Equity Caucus
  *   Excellent Schools Detroit
  *   Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  *   Michigan Assessment Consortium
  *   Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  *   Michigan Association of School Administrators
  *   Michigan Association of School Boards
  *   Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  *   Michigan Association of State Universities
  *   Michigan Association of United Way
  *   Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards
  *   Michigan Department of Education
  *   Michigan Education Association
  *   Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
  *   Michigan Science Teachers Association
  *   Michigan Small and Rural Schools Association
  *   Middle Cities Education Association
  *   Oakland Schools
  *   Ottawa Area Intermedia School District
  *   Wayne Regional Education Service Agency
  *   West Michigan Talent Triangle
Michigan has laid the foundation for a better educational system by adopting high expectations for all Michigan students and using a rigorous assessment that measures these standards. Now, students and teachers need stability and support to reach these high expectations – not a moving target.

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Noteworthy News

  *   Editorial: Give Michigan schools stability with testing<> – The Detroit News<>
  *   Michigan lawmaker pushes to dump Common Core<> – Brian McVicar<>, MLive<>
  *   Proposed budget would cut free SAT, M-STEP tests<> – Will Greenberg, Michigan Radio<>

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