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Bill Voiding Common Core Passes Ind. Senate

Posted On February 05, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana is moving closer to ending the implementation of Common Core education standards in classrooms.

Senate Bill 91 moves to the House after approval in the state Senate on a 36-12 vote Tuesday.

Common Core establishes quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics that should be met by the end of each grade level. Those benchmarks, developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers, would be the same in each state in order to better gauge national education progress.

The legislation, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), proposes to halt the national standards that the Indiana Board of Education adopted in 2010 under the guidance of then-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. Currently, only five states do not plan to fully adopt Common Core.

“We’ve been debating the effectiveness of Common Core for two years now, conducting multiple legislative hearings, listening to hours of testimony and responding to the pleas of families who know our kids can do better and achieve more,” Schneider said in a statement.

In 2013, the Indiana legislature passed a law delaying the implementation of Common Core by one year. If SB 91 becomes law, the responsibility of determining Indiana’s standards would fall to the IBOE.

The new state-made standards would go into effect by July 1, scrapping already underway implementation of Common Core in some grade levels. Sen. Earline Rogers (D- Gary) said that stopping the national standards now would cost the state $24 million.

SB 91 does not prevent the state board from choosing to adopt some parts of the national Common Core standards.