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School Budget Concerns Loom As Common Core Debate Proceeds

Students at Brown County High School interact with their teacher. Students there started August 6.

There is disagreement among Indiana school administrators about the impact of Indiana implementing nationwide education standards known as the Common Core. Some school corporations may be caught in a financial limbo by discussions at the Statehouse.

The Common Core is a set of standards being implemented in more than 40 states.  The goals is to create internationally competitive, nationwide standards for education in all subject areas.

Richland-Bean Blossom Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Carol Gardiner says Indiana’s current standards are good, but adopting the Common Core would be beneficial in plugging holes in the current standards.

“The common standards I think will address is the depth, some higher level thinking,” Gardiner says.  “We need to be more aligned with whats the expectations in the work force, which would include being creative and problem solving.”

The Common Core standards include improvements in not only curriculum, but also technology.  Brown County Superintendent David Shaffer understands the cost of switching curriculums, but is worried about how he’ll pay for the improvements the standards mandate.

“It’s going to create some requirements for us in terms of additional hardware that I think are certainly going to create commitments expense wise,” Shaffer says.  “I suppose that’s the wave of the future, but it is going to create some issues for us.”

State Senator Scott Schneider has proposed a bill which would exempt Indiana from the Common Core, which Indiana has already begun to adopt.

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