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Lawmakers To Decide Fate Of Common Core

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Senate republicans will huddle behind closed doors on Wednesday to decide the fate of the so-called "Common Core" education standards.  The governor and the business community want the resolution, but not everyone in the Senate is on board.



"I feel that we should have local control," said Sen. Rick Jones.

"Some of my concerns are the local control element," Sen. Phil Pavlov said.

The Michigan House has inserted language that supposedly addresses the issue of allowing schools to have the final say on how english and math courses are taught. But not all the senators believe the guarantees are strong enough.

One key vote who thinks the guarantees are there, is Senate GOP Leader Randy Richardville, who says he's at peace that local control is being preserved. "Those working on some of the details told me that they thought a little change in a sentence or paragraph, if it was revised from what the House did, that would clarify it even more."

That's good news for the governor and business community that want Common Core adopted.

But another issued has emerged: whether to release the test scores of individual students to researchers or marketing companies.

Sen. Howard Walker who is working toward a compromise, contends privacy must be protected. "I think it's very important to keep the data confidential relative to the students." He says he thinks "we lose confidence by the parents and the students" if that doesn't happen.

GOP Senators will decide the fate of this plan Wednesday.

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