DETROIT Mich., October 24, 2013 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, applauds the action taken today by the Michigan Senate and previous action taken by the Michigan House of Representatives to affirm the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for our K12 public schools in Michigan.
“The CCSS are a set of clear expectations internationally benchmarked against high-performing regions around the world, ensuring our student-preparation will be second to none and letting us know if Michigan children are learning at the same pace as those in Indiana and Ohio or India and Japan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “The CCSS are consistent for all – and not dependent on a student’s zip code – ensuring all students across the state, gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career or to further their education. They provide an opportunity for Michigan to learn from innovative practices in other states that may be getting better results.”
“The House and Senate votes in support of Common Core are a credit to the leadership of House Speaker Jase Bolger, House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, and Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer. State Senator Howard Walker and State Representative Tim Kelly, chairs of the committees that took public testimony on the CCSS and sponsored the resolutions allowing the standard to go forward, deserve special recognition for allowing all sides of this debate to be heard and addressing concerns in the resolutions that were ultimately approved.”