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      Lawmakers discuss importance of reading and math education benchmarks

      Michigan lawmakers are taking a closer look at whether the state should continue implementing stricter benchmarks in reading and math.

      A House subcommittee will hold the first of several hearings on Common Core State Standards on Tuesday. The state education board adopted the standards in 2010, but Republicans in Lansing recently blocked state funding for the initiative after conservatives raised concerns it's an intrusion into local schools.

      Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and many in the business and education communities support the national standards as a way to raise the bar for academic achievement.

      The Legislature must affirmatively authorize moving ahead before the state can spend money again on Common Core. Many schools have started to align with the new standards.