Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

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The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The Republican-backed measure passed 36-12.

Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, said the legislation is a culmination of the time spent discussing the issues in a committee last summer and the testimony from Hoosier parents and teachers.

“This bill puts together the capstone and speaks as a legislature to the process that was actually already started, pursuant to (House Bill) 1427 last year.”

That 2013 legislation paused the implementation of Common Core, which is a set of standards originally written by officials from several states but adopted by the administration of President Barack Obama. Last year’s bill also called for lawmakers and state education officials to reconsider the State Board of Education’s adoption of the standards.

That study is not complete but supporters of the bill say they’ve learned enough to know Common Core isn’t right for Indiana.

Still, Sen. Earline Rogers, D- Gary, said last year’s law was not a departure from Common Core, but a pause.

“For me, Common Core makes sense,” Rogers said.

“We’re always concerned about the money involved in education,” she said. “This change that we’re making now is going to cost the state $24 million.”

That’s the estimated one-time cost for Indiana to develop its own standards and testing program.

The bill now moves to the House where Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said he would prefer Indiana to create its own education standards.

“This started as two parents in my district concerned with what their kids were being taught and what their kids came home with as homework in their backpacks.”

“I think this is an important milestone in the state of Indiana. I think this is a benefit for all of us.”


  • Me?
    The TAE advocates, of which I am not a member, are a diverse group of people. none are paid. tae has no staff, they have no paid lobbyists- with all due respect, did you read the info? I would appreciate you citing your sources to support these claims. The involvement of APP is a whopping 114.95 annually. The information I have read there has proved reliable, covering many aspects of the CCSS, not only how they might effect Home and private schools. What in my remarks has given you the i impression my interest is religious? I would imagine many of the TAE Advocates (list available on the website) would be quite amused at the notion they are "right-wing and religious!" LOL! Many would prefer to label this fight against the CCSS as just another partisan, tea party boondoggle perpetuated by Fox News, but unfortunately, this is just not true.
  • Waste money to stick more nuttiness in schools
    I'm sure Bosma had "concerned citizens", complaining that schools were teaching about slavery and evolution. Two things conservatives rather not have taught in schools.
  • Reposting?
    How is reposting the "About" page dealing in facts? The "truth" is that your organization was created by the American Principles Project and staffed by a lobbying group in DC, both groups that openly and legally lobby for religious and socially conservative causes. Again, lobbying is a completely viable way of asserting your beliefs, so I'm not sure why they're hiding their agenda. If you don't like Common Core because you prefer more religion and less Federal influence in schools, then just say that. Claiming that your agenda is the "truth" is as disingenuous as "fair and balanced."
    • Thank you, Derek
      Derek Redelman, as vice president of education and workforce development policy at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and frequently seen at the podium as a paid lobbyist when CCSS is discussed, your warning will be heeded by those of us fighting the CCSS.
    • Truth in American Education - not religious or right-wing
      From the "About" tab, as suggested: Truth in American Education (TAE) is a national, non-partisan group of concerned parents and citizens. We view educational issues from different perspectives; however, we are in agreement, that the promotion and implementation of elements of the Race to the Top (RTTT) policies are misguided and harmful. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), CCSS assessments, and state longitudinal data systems development along with associated privacy issues are being implemented nationwide with insufficient research-based evidence and insufficient public examination and discourse. TAE Advocates formed to share information, network with other individuals and groups with similar concerns, identify initiatives that are unnecessarily disruptive, experimental, and without fact-based support, and develop positions related to these issues in the educational interest of our school children The primary focus of TAE efforts is to ensure students succeed by receiving the full benefit of a quality educational experience based on their individual and developmental needs. Four individuals formed TAE in early 2011 as an information network. American Principles Project pays for TAE web hosting and domain renewal. Annually the web hosting costs are approximately $100 and the domain renewal is $14.95. Other than this, TAE accepts no funds and has no funding source. TAE is a true grassroots network. It is not a foundation, a non-profit, or an organization. TAE has no officers, no employees, no staff, no offices, and no expenses (other than web hosting and domain costs). TAE has no funds, no budget, no bank account, and no system in place to handle funds. TAE freely provides and shares available information within our extended network and to the public."
    • Explain?
      Thank you for the compliment, Me. But as for your characterization of the TAE as religious and right wing, could you explain why you claim this, supported by facts?
    • Bill Does NOT Dump Common Core
      It is unfortunate that SB91 is being misreported in this way. In reality, it does NOT dump Common Core but allows the State Board of Education to continue the review of our state standards that is already underway. Per legislation that passed last year, that review will result in a set of recommended standards that could be identical to Common Core, an Indiana version of Common Core, or something completely different. Per last year's legislation, that work will be done by July 1 of this year - the same date that SB91 voids our current standards. So in other words, SB91 changes nothing other than assuring that the State Board completes its work by the July 1 deadline.
    • And
      Before the local scolds twist my words, I am not saying religious or right-leaning groups should not lobby for their causes. But all lobbyists should be open about their affiliations and goals.
    • Really, Mary?
      You make a good case for being rational than follow that up by posting a link to a religious, right wing lobbying group? That's unfortunate.
      • CCSS Research
        Please visit the Truth in American Education website for more info. TAE is a non-partisan, non-profit group - visit the About tab to see who is involved. This is truly a grassroots group. Learn the history of CCSS and much more. http://truthinamericaneducation.com/about-us/
      • Get educated on CCSS
        Many who have commented are under the mistaken impression that the Common Core State Standards are a left/right issue. Nothing could be farther from the truth. before the adoption of the untested, unproven CCSS in Indiana, our state had just completed writing standards which were deemed superior to the CCSS by Fordham. Indiana jumped on the bandwagon with most states for the Rttt money, and for the NCLB waivers. Keep in mind the states had to agree to adopt the standards before they were even completed. (Sound familiar?). Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush are VERY pro-CCSS, thought now they are advocating for not changing, but "rebranding"- which we must look out for. There are many good reasons to oppose CCSS- and the mandated tests which will and are driving curriculum. Please seek information from a variety of writers. On the left, Diane Ravitch; on the right, george Will. Read everything you can find, keeping an open mind....
      • Oh dear
        So many straw man arguments from the right.... Since when is endorsing continuity between states being "afraid to question authority"? Let's exempt ourselves from the interstate system, too, just to prove how smart and independent we are. Let's throw out any businesses headquartered in another state. Let's not enforce federal laws like murder or even copyright infringement. What a utopia that would be...
      • What's really frightening
        What's really frightening is the left's willingness to presume Common Core and any nationalized standards, in general, are superior to local initiatives. The more power is localized, the more power we voters/parents have to hold it accountable. The left's knee jerk reaction to go along with ANYTHING coming from the federal government is frightening and creepy. It's much easier to question and fight authority when authority is closer to us. Although, perhaps the left has no interest in questioning authority anymore.
      • How to Lose Businesses Moving to Indiana
        Having Indiana create its own Common Core is a great way to stop businesses from moving here. Its a simple move that helps it move backwards and off the main educational grid. When a rapidly growing business moves their families from state to state, executives make decisions based on business sense and family life. Now their kids will be marching to a single curriculum, not one in sync with the rest of the US. And for those who have lived in other places, we know that Indiana is not at the head of any class or curriculum standards by US or international standards. Let's race to the end of the line here!
      • Frightening
        Are there scarier words than "curriculum guides written by Indiana officials"? I guess the good news is that it will take them years just to decide which version of the Bible to use.
      • Craziness
        This move makes no sense. We live in a global economy; we have people moving from state to state; and we are going to waste $24 million to come up with so-called Indiana-specific criteria for our kids' educations. What are kids learning in other states that we don't want our kids learning? How will our kids compare if their families relocate to a different state? How will they fare when they go to college? This irrational fear of uniform standards and misplaced trust in local officials are hurting us. It's one thing to waste money; it's another thing to spend money in a way that harms us. This is a clear example of the latter.
        • leave education to the states
          Good for Indiana for leading the way in rejecting Common Core. No doubt more states will follow. Indiana educators know the educational needs of Indiana kids better than bureaucrats far away in DC. Keep education decisions local and more accountable to parents.
        • Marching Back
          Indiana seems determined to prove that we are not a member state of the "United States of America", as we march ever backward. Ending "Common Core" will allow us to teach creationism no doubt (among other medieval theories). And there will be no way to measure Indiana students against the whole country...OH,maybe that's the ides, protect us from criticism.

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