(09/27/13) - Teaching common core standards in our children's classrooms -
that's one of the topics Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley spoke about Friday
morning during an early childhood business summit in Freeland.
The state house voted to reinstate funding for the program in Lansing, Thursday.
Although this topic has some critics, others believe it's going to help make sure your child gets the best education.
Common core school standards sets yearly expectations for what students should learn at every grade level in math and language arts.
"Common core standards really takes involvement with everyone, it's not only the teacher's part but it's also our community, families," said Ashley Prell, of Michigan Childhood Center: Kinder Kare, Frankenmuth.
Earlier this year, Michigan lawmakers temporarily blocked the state from spending money to implement the program. They wanted a legislative panel to study the issue this summer and craft a resolution.
That resolution consisted of more than 17 hours of public testimony.
Some critics argue that this could cause them the lose decision making control over school curriculum at the state level.
Supporters believe the program can only be successful when strong teaching strategies are implemented in the classroom.
"First and foremost, research indicates the quality of the teacher is number one, has the most important impact in the classroom. They take those common core standards and incorporate them in their teaching practices and that is the best to learn," said Kimberly Prime, Bay Area & Saginaw Area Catholic Schools president.
Calley says this is just another way to set higher standards for students.
"With or without common core standards, we really do need to raise the bar for our education system that our kids need to have access to a high quality education that prepares them for 21st Century jobs," he said.
Michigan and more than 40 other states have voluntary adopted those standards.
The resolution now goes to the state senate.
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