Oh boy, here we go again.
You'll recall the huge flap last June. The Michigan House passed Medicaid expansion. Gov. Rick Snyder demanded quick senate action. He was stiffed instead.
Fast forward to the so-called core curriculum debate.
The House passed this which requires every school to teach the same courses and now it's in the senate where three key GOP senators are moving with all the speed of a receding glacier.
Check it out.
Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St Clair) chairs the senate education committee.
"Are you ready to vote yes today?"
The senator offers, "Not today."
What about tomorrow?"
Sen. Bruce Caswell (R-Hillsdale) is the GOP vice chair. "I'm continuing to listen…It's not a yes. It's not a no."
And Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) who runs the K-12 budget subcommittee?
"I've heard good arguments on both sides," he postures himself comfortably on the fence.
There's nothing wrong with wanting more information before they vote, but some of the key arguments made by the governor and others in favor of core standards, does not resonant with either Mr. Pavlov or Mr. Caswell.
Question: Should students be exposed to the same course content?
"Not necessarily," responds Mr. Pavlov who adds, "It's a local issue. I think our local curriculum directors are doing a pretty descent job of putting the right material in front of the kids…We gotta make sure we preserve that ability."
Doesn't sound like a yes vote yet. And he concedes he might not get to yes.
Former school superintendent turned Senator Caswell opines, "Why are we giving up our control of the standards which we set for ourselves in order to go with Common Core which is a nationwide standard… local control is very important and once you give that away, it's very difficult to get it back."
Not looking too good for the governor who has taken a different tact then his more aggressive reaction over Medicaid. He now expresses unending confidence in the legislative process and appears willing to wait. There will be no "gauntlet" throwing from him this time.
He doesn't have a choice so he won't lash out again.
Who says you can't teach a rookie governor new tricks?