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Legislators Reviewing Common Core Compromise

Last updated on Friday, April 26, 2013

(UNDATED) - Indiana would put Common Core curriculum implementation on hold till next summer while it conducts four separate studies of the plan, under a compromise under consideration in the General Assembly.

Legislators are reviewing a proposal to order the State Board of Education to develop its own standards by July of next year. In the meantime, the board would have to conduct three public hearings on Common Core.

The bill also calls for reviews by the Department of Education, a legislative study committee, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Senator Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) says if the board still wants to implement Common Core after a full review, that's the members' decision. He says he just wants to make sure Indiana sets its own standards without having the federal government dictate them.

Indiana Chamber Vice President Derek Redelman says the Chamber has no objection to the bill's proposal to review Common Core, but warns the state is gambling that the government won't penalize the state for even a temporary halt.

The bill seeks to address those concerns by requiring the state to use Common Core as a "base model... to the extent necessary to comply with federal standards."

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