Gov. Rick Snyder supports Common Core standards

Gov. Rick Snyder says he supports Michigan's participation in the Common Core State Standards for schools.

Some Republicans and conservatives want to remove Michigan schools from the set of national educational standards and testing for K-12 students. But the Republican governor said Monday Common Core is a "good thing" and the state should "stand up for it."

Snyder spoke during a town hall-style meeting in Detroit with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Snyder says some label the standards a federal mandate, but they originated from governors. Snyder says the goal is raising the bar for education and blames opposition on "politics."

Opponents say they don't believe the Common Core standards had enough Michigan review or input. The state Board of Education adopted them in 2010.