Proposal Could Stop Indiana From Implementing Common Core

Jan 29, 2014

A panel of state lawmakers is considering a proposal that would bar Indiana from returning to the nationally-crafted Common Core at the end of a year-long review. Instead, the bill would require Indiana-specific standards.

This is the third year Indianapolis Republican Senator Scott Schneider has filed anti-Common Core legislation. Last year he got lawmakers to agree to a year-long review of the nationally-crafted standards Indiana adopted in 2010.

Now Schneider wants to make absolutely certain state education officials don’t return to the Common Core.

“They will listen to the message this body is sending, that we are writing our own standards, that we are voiding prior standards, which is Common Core,” Schneider said.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President Derek Redelman advocated for keeping the Common Core in Indiana. But now he says he’s willing to wait for state education officials to wrap up their review and release drafts of new standards.

“We all have to wait and see what comes out of that process,” Redelman said, “but they’re following the procedures that have been followed in the past, which we think have produced good standards here and would like to see that continue.”

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the panel reviewing Indiana’s expectations for students should be able to wrap that work up by a summer deadline.

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