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Coldwater School Board meets Monday, state officials debate Common Core standards

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The new school year in Branch County and around Michigan for public school students is still more than two weeks away on the day after Labor Day and that gives the Coldwater School Board time for a couple of meetings to get plenty of the district’s business in order for the 2013-14 schedule. The School Board has a special session coming up on Monday night at 5:30 pm and then a regular meeting set for a week from Monday on August 26th at 6 p.m.

A long hearing was held this week in the Michigan House on Common Core Curriculum standards. It’s a set of curriculum guidelines set up by a multi state panel to ensure that there's some kind of basic parity in what is taught to high school students around the country. State  Representative Tim Kelly, of Saginaw Township, says there are lot of strong opinions on adopting them in Michigan. Still, he thinks this week's hearing was constructive. Supporters of the Common Core say the it's not all that specific, and will just serve to make sure Michigan students can compete with those from other states. Others worry the Common Core will tie the hands of teachers and local school leaders.