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Lawmakers Debate What To Do With 'Core Curriculum'


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Tea Party members were at the State Board of Education Tuesday trying to repeal what's called the "Core Curriculum for Michigan School Kids." It's a standard set for students in math and English and has been adopted by 45 states, including Michigan.


Tea party members are worried that the federal government is going to tell local schools what to teach. But the state board says it's not about government control, rather it's about making sure the kids in the Upper Peninsula and those around the state are exposed to the same curriculum. They call it the Core Curriculum.

But legislators are getting conflicting messages on whether this is government interference of assistance.

"Curriculum could be manipulated politically," said Marion Sheridan, a concerned parent. "It opens the door to any administration on the right or the left being able to determine what my child is being taught."

"I'm not sure who has it right this second," said Rep. Bill Rogers. "I have teachers calling who are absolutely against it and teachers calling for it. Administrators are the same on both sides. We're trying to get to the bottom of it."

Democrat John Austin, president of the state board, believes when you get to the bottom, you will find local control is still intact. "How its delivered, what curriculum, what text books you can use, how you instruct and in what sequence is all up to local control as it should be," said Austin said.

Lawmakers are still debating what to do next.

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