Pence’s “Pause” of Common Core
The Indiana Governor’s Office says that Indiana is the first state to temporarily stop implementation of federal “common core” education standards. When Governor Mike Pence signed HB 1427 Saturday, Indiana put the federal standards on-hold until the State can conduct public hearings and a cost-analysis of the common core. Pence says education is a state and local responsibility that’s obligated to evaluate the common core as standards that determine what children learn.
In a released statement Governor Pence said, “I have long believed that education is a state and local function and we must always work to ensure that our students are being taught to the highest academic standards and that our curriculum is developed by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers. The legislation . . . hits the pause button on Common Core so Hoosiers can thoroughly evaluate which standards will best serve the interests of our kids.’’