(STATEHOUSE) - The Senate will vote next week on a bill to put the final nail in the coffin of the Common Core education standards.
The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill along party lines, spelling out guidelines for what the state's new education standards should look like. The guidelines call on Indiana to pursue the nation's highest standards, ensure students are college and career-ready, and comply with federal requirements while preserving Indiana's authority over its own curriculum.
Last year's legislature set a July deadline for the State Board of Education to approve new standards. The bill abolishes the old, Common Core-based standards after that date.
Erin Tuttle, the co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core, says parents will be watching the result of the state board's work, and warns they'll be "outraged" if lessons still resemble Common Core.
Legislative leaders had warned they might go beyond guidelines to write the standards themselves if tensions between the board and state superintendent Glenda Ritz threatened the deadline. But Senator Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), the bill's author, says the standoff has eased over the last couple of months. He says the board expects to issue draft standards in April and hold public hearings on them.
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