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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014

Indiana is set to scrap a set of contentious federal education standards under legislation on its way to Gov. Mike Pence.

The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines. The legislation dovetails with an effort already underway by the state's education leaders to draw up new standards for determining whether students are ready for college or the workforce.

The Common Core guidelines were pushed with little fanfare in 2010 by former Republican Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett, but have become swept up in controversy.

Opponents of the federal standards have called it an intrusion on state turf. Supporters of the standards say they update and improve education requirements.

State GOP leaders said prior to the General Assembly that it was their goal to drop Common Core.

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