INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is set to scrap a set of contentious federal
education standards under legislation on its way to Gov. Mike Pence.
Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core
standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines. The
legislation dovetails with an effort already underway by the state's
education leaders to draw up new standards for determining whether
students are ready for college or the workforce.
The Common Core
guidelines were pushed with little fanfare in 2010 by former Republican
Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett, but have become swept up in
controversy. Opponents of the federal standards have called it an
intrusion on state turf. Supporters of the standards say they update and
improve education requirements.