Indiana becomes first state to officially reject Common Core

Rep. Mike Pence
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Indiana became the first state in the nation to reject the controversial Common Core standards in its public schools.

Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., signed a bill into law Monday requiring the state to adopt its own standards, according to a statement from his office.

“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. 

Indiana was among the first states to adopt Common Core into its classrooms. By signing the bill, the governor acknowledged that as noble as its goals were, the experiment had failed.

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“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,” Pence said.

In the image below, states in orange have shown some wariness of Common Core standards, according to the Heritage Foundation.

CommonCore-map

Indiana’s move indicates perhaps that the dominoes are beginning to fall.

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