Only Governor’s Signature Needed To Scrap Common Core In Ind.
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Governor Mike Pence now has a bill on his desk that would allow only Indiana education officials to decide what is taught in the state’s classrooms.
Senate Bill 91 would void national Common Core education standards that Indiana had previously adopted in 2010. The Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to approve changes made to the bill by lawmakers in the House.
If Pence signs the bill, Indiana would be going a different direction that 45 other states that have adopted Common Core. Indiana had began implementation of Common Core at some grade levels after the standards were adopted in 2010 with support from then-Governor Mitch Daniels and then-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.
SB 91 requires the State Board of Education to adopt new college and career-ready standards by July 1. The board of Education is already working towards establishing Indiana’s own set of education standards for English and math curriculum.
Under the bill, the standards must be “the highest in the United States,” “Maintain Indiana sovereignty,” and comply with federal standards so as to receive a flexibility waiver.
The bill’s author, State Senator Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), was one of the 13 votes against the final bill. He told reporters he disagreed with a provision referencing Indiana’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Education which would release the state from some of the sanctions of No Child Left Behind.
Without the agreement to meet certain standards, Indiana could be at risk of losing millions in federal education grants by using its own set of standards. Schneider said Indiana would be better off forgoing the grants rather than agreeing to change its education system.
Sen. Earline Rogers (D- Gary), an opponent of the bill, continued to issue her warning on SB 91 following its passage: that it will cost the state $24 million to scrap Common Core.