On Monday, Mike Pence, the Republican Governor of Indiana, signed a law making the Hoosier state the first to abandon controversial nationwide educational standards known as Common Core.
Common Core was initially designed by educational experts working with the National Governors Association. It was meant to establish learning math and language requirements for students from kindergarten through grade 12. The initiative has been strongly promoted by the Obama administration through its Race to the Top program. Ironically, Indiana was the first state to adopt Common Core in 2010, the Wall Street Journal notes.
In fact, Common Core has already been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. However, a rising chorus of criticism over Common Core standards has begun to erode support for the initiative. Opponents of Common Core say that the nationwide standards effectively weaken local control and compromise state sovereignty.
Under legislation signed by Pence, Indiana must now establish its own set of educational standards to replace Common Core. The bill gives state educators until Jul. 1 to do so. Indiana’s move to drop Common Core standards may serve to galvanize resistance to the initiative in other states, possibly prompting other governors to follow Pence’s lead.
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