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Common Core Education Standards pass Senate
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Common Core Education Standards will remain in place in Michigan.
The state Senate has agreed to let Michigan continue implementing the more rigorous and uniform education standards, which are known as Common Core.
The Senate approved the resolution using a voice vote, which means they didn't have to record a roll call vote.
Many republicans have been hesitant to approve the controversial standards.
The new national math and reading standards have become contentious since they were adopted by the state education board three years ago.
The standards demand critical thinking and problem solving that backers say will give Michigan kids are better education.
But critics question the benchmarks and associated tests, saying it gives the state too much control over local public schools.
The fight isn't completely over yet. The measure now goes to back to the House, which did approve an earlier version last month.