Indiana Repeals Common Core

03/26/2014 Nick Coppola

On Monday March 24th, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed new legislation that makes his state the first to opt-out of Common Core.
"I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,” Pence said. "By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support.”
Critics, who are pro-Common Core, call this a political gesture, but it would seem that the true stakeholders in Indiana, the parents, are seeing fruits from their efforts to keep control of education local.
Concerns now exist over what standards will replace the Common Core.  Indiana's legislative move was not followed by an effort to clean-up its Education Department that consisted of pro-Core staff.  Even with legislature in place, all signs point to a standards that are too core-like.  While this may not be a perfect ending, it demonstrates that change in the interest of the people and local control is possible.  It also identifies challenges other states should consider as they proceed toward real of Common Core State Standards.

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