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Senate Approves Repeal of Common Core

Last updated on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

(UNDATED) - A bill to do away with the Common Core standards in Indiana schools once and for all is on its way to the House.

The Senate voted on party lines to void the Common Core effective July 1. That's the deadline for the State Board of Education to approve replacement standards anyway. But Indianapolis Republican Scott Schneider says passing the bill would leave no doubt about the legislature's intent.

The board could still write standards that resemble Common Core -- some supporters argue it would be impossible not to.

Schneider says parents will be watching their kids' homework closely to ensure the state has made good on its promises.

Then-state superintendent Tony Bennett implemented Common Core, which reflects a collaborative process among state superintendents in more than 40 states to agree on academic standards across state lines.

Critics have charged the standards aren't rigorous enough and open the door to a nationalized curriculum.

Gary Democrat Earline Rogers says Common Core was a good idea, and argues replacing textbooks and rewriting the ISTEP exam for new standards will cost schools and the state 24-million dollars.

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