Governor Pence says he will not prejudge the Common Core curriculum standards as the state begins a 14-month review of whether to modify or scrap them.
Pence says his administration crafted much of the language passed on the legislature‘s final day to pause implementation of Common Core while legislators and education and budget officials review the standards.
The governor points to some critics who contend Common Core‘s standards for math are looser than what Indiana already has. But Pence does not rule out the possibility of reaffirming Common Core or something similar.
He says he just wants to make sure Indiana‘s State Board of Education makes the decision itself, rather than being railroaded into it by the federal government or other states.
“I actually voted against No Child Left Behind in 2001,” Pence says. “I believe that whether it’s education or healthcare or issues of public safety, issues that bear closely on our citizens, then I want to make sure we’re doing them the Indiana way.”
And Pence says there needs to be a full public discussion while there‘s still time to make changes if necessary.
Pence notes implementation of the standards for students below third grade will continue. The bill awaiting Pence‘s signature calls for the state board to use Common Core as the “base model” for new standards to be approved by next July, retaining at least enough of Common Core to ensure the state does not lose federal funding.