But Behning says there weren’t enough votes on the committee to approve that recommendation during the committee’s meeting Tuesday.
“The proposal was much more extensive than just to withdraw from Common Core,” says Behning. “It was to kind of make sure that Indiana sovereignty was solidly expressed and we would definitely move forward with college- and career-readiness standards.”
Behning says in holding three statehouse hearings, the study committee has met its charge to review Indiana’s academic standards. Still, he says the panel may be close to a compromise and may try to hold one more meeting before its Nov. 1 deadline.The author of Indiana’s anti-Common Core legislation, Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, says he hoped the study committee would take a formal stand against Common Core.
“I would hope that we as a committee with the amount of time that we’ve invested in this would do a little bit more than just rehash the information,” Schneider told StateImpact last week. “I would hope that we would come out with a recommendation and sort of point the legislature or the State Board in a particular direction.”
The panel’s report — largely public testimony from the three legislative hearings — now goes to the State Board. That body’s makeup has remained largely unchanged since it adopted Common Core back in 2010.