Indiana poised to become ground zero in battle over Common Core standards

Indiana poised to become ground zero in battle over Common Core standards

The state of Indiana could be poised to become the first state to fully withdraw from the Common Core standards; but in the battle that continues in the Hoosier state, Americans will see the strong political pressure placed upon parents, teachers, and taxpayers to conform to centralized education standards.

On Wednesday, the Indiana Republican-led state Senate approved a bill, by a vote of 35-13, that would fully withdraw the state from the highly controversial standards that many say is centralized planning for education. The Senate’s approval meant that it accepted changes by the Republican-controlled state House to SB 91. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Pence (R) for his signature or veto.

According to NWI Times, the legislation requires the state board of education to adopt, by July 1st, college- and career-ready standards that are “the highest standards in the United States” and “maintain Indiana sovereignty.” The measure also states that Indiana must qualify for a federal waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and align with college entrance exams, which will soon be aligned with the Common Core standards.

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