Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Senate Kills Common Core ; Bill Moves to State House, Requires New Standards

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Senate Kills Common Core ; Bill Moves to State House, Requires New Standards

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INDIANAPOLIS - National academic standards known as Common Core would be invalidated in Indiana under a measure moving through the General Assembly. The effort to remove the standards from Indiana classrooms follows state lawmakers' decision to "pause" the implementation of Common Core last year.

Indiana education leaders have already launched the process to write state specific academic standards, with hopes of the Indiana State Board of Education taking a final vote in April.

However, state Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, said his measure is a "capstone" to numerous discussions on Common Core and rallies held at the Indiana Statehouse by parents concerned about the national Making standards.

"Some are grade concerned the process might be manipulated or altered to benefit those that are still in support of Common Core, and I share those concerns. Those concerns are real, but at some point of time, we need to trust the process," Schneider said.

Schneider's proposal requires the Indiana State Board of Education to adopt state "college and career readiness" academic standards before July 1. The Indiana Senate passed the measure to drop Common Core, 36-12, Tuesday, and the legislation now moves to the Indiana House.

Republican legislative leaders are closely watching the process as the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana State Board of Education set new academic standards. House Speaker Brian Bosma said education officials could complete the work before the need for legislation, but that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long discussed the importance of the Senate bill to provide an option for the General Assembly to "mandate" the dropping of Common Core if necessary.

"Really to be certain that we aren't just rubber stamping a standard that is lower, acknowledged by most, than our current standards are today," Bosma said. …

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