INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana lawmakers have decided not to push back the
deadline for the State Board of Education to test new education standards
required under pending legislation.
House members voted 60-28 against the amendment on Wednesday.
The legislation would require the state to throw out national Common Core
standards currently in place and the Board of Education to create new,
Indiana-specific guidelines for what students should be learning in each
The board would have until July to create the standards and until the
2015-2016 school year to test them.
Democratic state Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes proposed the amendment
setting 2015-16 as the deadline only for a pilot test of the standards. He
says rushing could cause problems for teachers and schools.
The bill now goes before the full House.