Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

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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.


  • More Poor Reporting
    SB 91 does almost nothing. It voids our current state standards, which are Common Core, on July 1. That is also the same date that the State Board is already required to complete its current review of our standards and to adopt new standards. Those new standards can be anything from a complete duplicate of Common Core to something completely different; but the drafts, thus far, are heading towards a set of standards very similar to Common Core with some "Indiana adjustments." Indeed, the fact that this bill does NOT abandon or ban Common Core is demonstrated by the "no" vote that was cast on final passage of this bill by Sen. Scott Schneider, the lead opponent of Common Core and the bill's original author. It is unfortunate for teachers and others who care about this topic that headlines and stories continue to report on "withdraws" from Common Core or "bans" of Common Core. Despite the wishes of its orginal author, SB91 does nothing of the sort.
  • ISTEP next year
    Common core started the same year my daughter started kindergarten. Even if common core is removed next year, we should still see its effects on the ISTEP testing *next* year.
  • Pure Politics
    Not sure why anyone would find comfort with the State GOP leadership setting new educational standards. With a State Legislature controlled by religious fanatics that denounces science, we are likely to see more bible teachings before we see a focus on math and science. Unfortunately, even our public education system has succumbed to political games, while our kids continue to suffer the consequences.
  • Victory!
    Indiana had excellent education standards which can be enhanced. Common Core is the dumbing of America. We are the best country in the world. Indiana has held it's own during this bleak economy. Common Core is pushed by the Feds, education material publishers (including testing) and Bill Gates. It has been sneaking into our schools bit by bit. If you don't get it, help an elementary student with their Math homework. Then you'll see! We need to graduate more and smarter Hoosiers. The whole student...not to train as robots! Ciao Common Core!?!
  • Trainable
    Why should Indiana adhere to national standards when we can set our own lower ones. We want to make Hoosiers unemployable in the other 49 states, therefore they will have to stay in Indiana and work at minimum wage jobs.Yes, We need to chart our own course.(Dum..dum...da...Dum)
  • Choice is good
    Probably better to stay away from "common core." Federal gov't has enough influence. Let the states decide, that way we have 50 options instead of no option. Part of common core is good--setting certain topics that kids should learn--but it goes too far by having the curriculum and textbooks recommended and set by the federal government. I don't want them to have control over how history is painted.

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