Michigan lawmakers may have to OK learning standards

Michigan's Department of Education may not be able to spend money on the implementation of new education standards in the state's public schools unless the Legislature approves it.

Under a budget bill passed by a Republican-led Legislative panel Tuesday, the Legislature would have to affirm the Common Core State Standards or the department could not use the funds to implement the standards.

The bill now heads to the Republican-led House and Senate floor.

The State Board of Education adopted the math, reading and writing standards in 2010. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder supports Common Core but the Legislature had originally proposed completely blocking funding for the standards.

Republican Sen. Howard Walker of Traverse City says the Legislature wants to have input on how Michigan's curriculum is developed for its citizens.