With the stroke of Gov. Mike Pence’s pen, Indiana became the first state to back off implementing a set of national standards for grade-school education.
The standards, known as Common Core, had been adopted by 45 states, but have lately unleashed a political fight that blurs party lines.
Pence signed a law on Monday that requires Indiana to come up with its own academic standards. The Star adds:
” ‘I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,’ said Pence in a release about Senate Bill 91.
” ‘By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support,’ he said.
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