Pence approves Ind. withdrawal from Common Core

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill pulling Indiana from the reading and math education standards adopted by most states around the country.

The governor’s office says Pence signed on Monday the proposal approved by legislators requiring the State Board of Education to draft new standards outlining what students should be learning in each grade rather than using the Common Core standards currently in place.

Pence said in a statement he believed Indiana’s students are best served by education decisions made at the state and local level.

Many Republican lawmakers pushed for the withdrawal from Common Core, which the state board adopted in 2010 under then-GOP state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. The National Governors Association and state education superintendents developed Common Core. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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