ROYAL OAK, MICH. (October 29, 2013) – Today the Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards celebrates the state House action that allows the Michigan Department of Education to move forward with the next steps of implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards members have been working feverishly to give voice to the many Michiganders who support the state’s effort to ensure all of our students are taught at high levels — and learn at high levels. Made up of more than 130 organizations across the state, the Coalition represents a diverse cross-section of Michigan educators, business leaders, university leaders, civil rights, advocacy, parent and student organizations.
“Increasing educational achievement levels is critical for America and Michigan’s future,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “In order to compete in today’s global marketplace, we must regain our status as the education leader. Implementing Common Core standards is a solid step towards improving educational outcomes for all Michiganders.”
“This is the kind of getting-things-done approach Michigan voters are looking for,” said Harrison Blackmond, Michigan director of Democrats for Education Reform. “In its vote today, Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature put aside political infighting and did the right thing for kids. This decision lays the groundwork for making sure the next generation of students has the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in college and the workforce.”
“It’s this kind of leadership that Michigan needs to move forward on so many of its educational challenges today,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization working to raise Michigan achievement. “We applaud our state’s policymakers on both sides of the aisle for making students a priority in our schools with this vote.”
“We appreciate the work of the legislature in supporting the Common Core State Standards, which we believe will make our students more competitive in a global economy,” said Gary Naeyaert, executive director at Great Lakes Education Project.
“By allowing Common Core to move forward, the legislature has reaffirmed their commitment to rigorous standards for our students,” said Wendy Zdeb-Roper, executive director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). “Michigan schools have already seen a positive impact on teaching and learning, particularly because these standards require students to explain, justify, reason, and demonstrate their thinking. Moving forward with the Common Core helps ensure that students develop the problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that they will need after graduation.”
Said Michael Hansen, president, Michigan Community College Association, and Michael Boulus, executive director, Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan: “This vote of confidence by the legislature for moving forward with higher K-12 achievement standards will help Michigan students be better prepared and successful in college, as well as in their careers.”
“Michigan students deserve world-class standards that prepare them for education beyond high school,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of Michigan College Access Network. “The CCSS set a high bar so that our students have a shot at competing in the 21st century global economy. MCAN applauds our elected officials for prioritizing postsecondary readiness for all Michigan students.”
For a full list of the organizations involved in the Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards, please go to our website. Interested Michiganders can also go to the site to sign up for news updates on the Common Core, find educational materials and opt to become part of this state-wide coalition working on behalf of our students.
Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations working to support the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Michigan.