Below you will find a letter to the Michigan Legislature from Business Leaders for Michigan indicating support of the Common Core State Standards. The standards are being discussed by both chambers as they review the 2014 budget for the Michigan Department of Education.
May 2, 2013
Dear Chairman Haveman and Chairman Kahn:
I am writing to express our organization’s strong support for implementing the Common Core State Standards. The standards are not a curriculum – they only specify what students should know and be able to do in each grade and by the end of high school to be career and college ready.
The data overwhelmingly demonstrate the need for and benefit of a quality education:
- Between now and 2018, 80% of the highest-paying, most in-demand jobs in Michigan will require an Associate’s degree or higher (Michigan Labor Market Information, Hot 50 Jobs);
- By 2025, Michigan will need 900,000 more workers with an Associate’s degree or higher to fill available jobs (Lumina Foundation); and,
- hose with higher levels of education earn more and are less likely to be unemployed (Bureau of Labor Statistics).