It's the federal mandates, stupid.

 Common Core is a federal takeover of education.

Parents do not have a say in their child’s education under Common Core. They are not able to suggest changes to their local school’s standards, and teachers have little control over their classrooms. They are forced to comply with standards and assessments decided upon by federal bureaucrats.

It’s time to get the federal government out of the education business.

In Michigan, the Common Core repeal bill (SB 862) supported by Michigan Campaign for Liberty and parents from all over the state, contains strong language that definitively terminated areas of federal control of the Michigan Educational process.

The bill, one of the strongest in the country, passed out of the Senate Education Committee on April 26th.  But, there is a push to scrap it and replace it with a water downed bill.

Here is the original language:

As part of the process of conversion away from the Common Core standards, the superintendent of public instruction, the state board, the department, and any other state public employee or authority shall take all steps necessary to terminate areas of federal control of the Michigan Educational process.

The problem is, this provision is being derailed.

Why are Republicans fighting to keep Washington D.C. bureaucrats in control of the Michigan education process?

A substitute is being pushed that changes the language to:

The department, and any other state public employee or authority shall take all steps necessary to terminate areas of federal control of the Michigan educational process that are not considered to be in the best interests of pupils in this state.

This added language at the end, "that are not considered to be in the best interest of pupils in this state" opens up a huge loophole.

All bureaucrats and politicians believe what they do is in the best interest of the pupils.  All manner of federal control will be justified under this new provision.

You can click here to read the original bill.

You can click here to download the proposed substitute.

Additionally, in the original bill, there was a provision that put assessment (tests) approval squarely in the hands of elected officials (taking it out of the hands of unelected bureaucrats).  In the substitute, this provision was stripped.

The argument is that it's unconstitutional and would result in a legal challenge that would result in the whole bill being thrown out.

That argument is debatable and there are reputable people on both sides of it.  It certainly would be for the courts to decide.

Still, that is no reason to throw it out.  There is a simple 2 step solution:

1. In the original bill, the approval process was to be done through a concurrent resolution.  Instead, state that the legislature must vote on it via a full bill.

2. Place a severability clause in the bill.  If any portion of the bill is struck down by the courts, then the rest of the bill stands.

You will also notice that in other areas of the substitute, areas where the original bill mandates the use of specific non-common core standards, the substitute softens this and gives the Department of Education the room to use whatever standards they want.

We've seen how that works.

As long as these issues are not addressed, Michigan Campaign for Liberty will not support a substitute.

What can you do?

Click here to find your state senator and contact them.

Here is what you could say:

"Pass the original Common Core repeal bill with no substitutes.  We want a vote at the July 13th session!

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