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Candidates Answer Questions About Common Core
Thursday Jul 17, 2014 1:10pm
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(CENTREVILLE) – The candidates who are running for state offices in Lansing have been speaking to the public over the last few days.

Bob Sills, Roger Rathburn, Aaron Miller, and John Bippus are seeking the Republican nomination for the 59th District Michigan House Seat while Mike Moroz is seeking the Democratic nomination. John Proos and Bette Pierman are seeking the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively, for the 21st District Michigan State Senate Seat.

All seven attended a Meet The Candidates forum hosted by the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsmans Club Monday night. The first audience question asked of the candidates was their thoughts on Common Core in education.

Sills says he sees the matter being discussed again sometime in the near future. He says people he has talked to don't like the idea of the Federal government potentially having a say in a state's educational system.

Moroz says he's hearing both pros and cons on Common Core. He admits that he likes the idea of having common standards for students from state to state, he doesn't like the testing and how it hinders educators and school districts.

Pierman says in theory Common Core is good, but she has issues with telling students they all have to learn the same material at the same rate in a school year.

Aaron Miller, a candidate for the 59th District Michigan House seat, says he is not in favor of Common Core, because he wants to see control of education at the local and state levels.

Roger Rathburn, another candidate for the Michigan House, says Common Core is not all bad or all good, and that curriculum decisions should be made at the local level as well.

John Bippus, a Michigan House candidate, says the idea of Common Core is good, but school districts should be able to have the classes their students want.

State Senate candidate John Proos says simply he did not support Common Core when it came through the legislature.

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