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Indiana's The First State to Ditch The Common Core

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

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See you later, Common Core.

At least, that's the thought in Indiana this morning after Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation yesterday to withdraw the new set of learning expectations of what K-12 students should be learning in math and English, according to our friends at StateImpact Indiana.

He said education should be left to state and local control. Currently, the Common Core has been adopted by more than 40 states across the country-- including Ohio.

Indiana adopted the standards in 2010, but then put them on pause last year, StateImpact Indiana says.

Pence gave a hint of this move in January. During his State of the State address, he said Indiana's learning standards would be “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.”

But this move may not mark the end of the Common Core's influence in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.

There's new standards heading to the state's legislators later this spring, but some say they're still pretty similar to the original Common Core standards.

Back here in Ohio, the Common Core's been met with some resistance here in Ohio, too.  In July 2013, State Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, introduced a bill to repeal the standards. But it hasn't yet made it out of the House.

For continuing coverage of Indiana's Common Core exit, visit our friends at StateImpact Indiana.


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