House Concurrent Resolution 11/S-4: Implement Common Core and SMARTER Testing


Last Updated: January 7, 2014
House Concurrent Resolution 11/S-4: Implement Common Core and SMARTER Testing
Representative Tim Kelly

House Concurrent Resolution 11 supports implementing the Common Core State Standards and the federally funded and controlled SMARTER testing regimen.

HSLDA's Position:


On a questionable voice vote the Senate passed a substitute resolution for HCR-11 and then sent it back to the House for further consideration. S-4 will be the first step in re-imposing the Common Core on the people of Michigan by allowing the Department of Education to continue spending on the implementation of Common Core. Your calls have been instrumental in slowing down this attempt and more calls are urgently need to stop the Senate’s amended bill.

The Senate amended the House resolution attempting to appease homeschoolers and others by stating that the DOE and state board may implement Common Core as long as such standards do not “dictate curriculum or prescribe a method of instruction” and so that homeschoolers “retain their independence and control over their children's education and are not subject to Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balanced Assessment.” While this proposed language is laudable in recognizing the interests of opponents to the Common Core, such declarations do not resolve foundational concerns. Primarily among these is that a resolution does not have the force of law. Therefore while the Senate may “resolve” these and other declarations, the DOE and state board may, and probably will, choose to ignore them. For this, and other good reasons, we are asking you to contact the House to oppose this legislation.

Action Requested:
None at this time
9/25/2013 (House) Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
9/26/2013 (House) Recommended out of Education Committee with substitute H-3
9/26/2013 (House) Adopted by House, sent to Senate
10/2/2013 (Senate) Referred to Appropriations Committee
10/3/2013 (Senate) Referred to Government Operations Committee
10/24/2013 (Senate) Committee Approved
10/24/2013 (Senate) Senate adopted substitute S-4
10/29/2013 (House) House concurs with substitute S-4

Although Common Core is ostensibly a program of voluntary cooperation among states to create one set of content standards for all public schools in the whole country, HSLDA has grave concerns about this program, and more and more organizations are lining up to oppose it.

It’s touted as a program of “voluntary cooperation” among states: in fact, states are getting fistfuls of federal money to ditch their own carefully developed standards and embrace a national standard. It’s touted as being academically sound: in fact, it’s a “dumbing down” of standards that individual states already have. And while Common Core currently only applies to public schools, HSLDA’s long history of fighting against a national, one-size-fits-all approach to what children learn is due to our concerns that homeschoolers would one day be forced to use the same curriculum that all other school children are using. In fact, there is discussion of aligning tests that homeschoolers take (like the SAT) to the Common Core, which would pressure homeschool parents to align their homeschool curriculum to what public school students are being taught. In addition, some of the supporters of the Common Core’s central databases are already discussing expanding their program to include the personal data of homeschool students.

Proponents talk about Common Core as a spontaneous movement of individual states working under the auspices of the National Governor’s Association. But through the Federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, federal education dollars are used to lure states to adopt the Common Core and this gives more power over the drafting of educational standards that will be used in schools all across the United States to federal education bureaucrats who are far removed from the parents and teachers at the local level.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, D.C. should stay out of what local elementary school children learn. But Common Core threatens this historic tradition.

For more reasons to oppose the Common Core click here.

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