Indiana’s academic standards cleared their first hurdle this week and universities are banding together to voice their opposition to a patent reform bill.
A panel of Indiana business and community leaders voted Monday to approve new academic standards to replace the Common Core in Indiana.
It will be the last chance to change the standards before an up-down vote at the State Board of Education meeting April 28.
Indiana is writing new academic standards after it pulled out of the national standards known as the Common Core.
Indiana joined the national initiative to share academic standards in 2010.
Indiana students will have to take two tests in 2015 because of the ongoing dispute over the Common Core.
Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, wants the best standards in the U.S. for Indiana schools. But other lawmakers aren't sure that language belongs in code.
The goal is to approve new standards by summer, time many teachers use to plan lessons and seek professional development.
As other states re-name their Core-aligned guidelines, Indiana's Common Core opponents hope lawmakers will address their concerns with the standards.