Indiana Approves New K-12 Standards to Replace Common Core
The State Board of Education followed Gov. Mike Pence's lead and gave final approval to new K-12 education standards Monday despite continued objections from some conservatives that the guidelines are a shoddy, rebranded version of Common Core.
The board's decision brings to a close more than a year of political feuding in Indiana over replacing the national Common Core standards. Some conservatives have consistently opposed them as an intrusion into state affairs that spawned less rigorous guidelines.
While Indiana was one of the early adopters of Common Core in 2010, a conservative backlash prompted the state to become the first, and so far the only state, to stop following the national math and English standards.