Governor Pence Signs Bill Ending Common Core
March 24, 2014 – Common Core educational standards are officially dead in Indiana. Governor Mike Pence completed the final step in the process Monday by signing Senate Enrolled Act 91 into law, which requires that the state adopt its own academic standards. Following the signing, Pence issued this statement:
“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level. 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.
“As the task of writing our new academic standards continues, I am grateful to the more than 100 Indiana educators who have put thousands of hours into a comprehensive, transparent, and rigorous process of academic review and am confident that our state will produce Indiana standards that will prepare our students for success in college, careers, and life.”
StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports that a draft of the new standards, released last month, shares substantial overlap with the Common Core, prompting some officials to question the need for a rewrite. According to Moxley, Indianapolis Senator Scott Schneider removed himself as an author of the legislation, saying the proposed standards the State Board plans to vote on next month are too similar to the nationally-crafted expectations they’ll replace. Common Core standards are currently used by 44 other states and the District of Columbia.