Common Core a Hot Topic in Indiana Elections

In Indiana’s primary elections, Common Core education is a key issue and could turn the tide of the vote. Several states are now backing out of the Common Core standards put upon them by the federal government in 2010.  States such as Ohio and Indiana have held their primaries, which show which direction voters want to take on the Common Core.

Two candidates supported by the Tea Party in Indiana have are firmly against Common Core, writes Caitlin Emma for Politico.

The program is already void in the state, District 83 candidate Christopher Judy says he will fight against any set of standards that would “offer our children to a national education bureaucracy”. His rival Rep. Kathy Heuer  says she understands the concerns raised about Common Core but that she believes the standards compared relatively well with Indiana’s prior academic system. In District 22, newcomer Curt Nisly has been endorsed by Hoosiers Against Common Core in District 22 as he challenges Rep. Rebecca Kubacki.

Ironically, Indiana was one of the first of 44 states to adopt the Common Core federal education system and is now preparing to become one of the first states to get rid of it. Indiana’s State Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to do away with the Common Core standards and replace it with a state-run set of standards that will pave the way for student learning for years.

The Indiana State Board of Education voted 10-1 to support the new state run standards for math and English, reports The New York Times. These new standards were worked up by a group of professors from Indiana universities and members of Indiana’s  science and technology industries.

Some, however, believe that the new standards are very close to the old ones and that the government  is just masking the new standards, writes Michelle Malkin for Townhall Magazine. They accuse Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence of just recycling Common Core standards into new ones to keep critics and parents happy and silenced:

These same Big Business elites backed Pence’s ploy to stave off grassroots parental opposition by “withdrawing” from Common Core — and then immediately adopting “new” standards that recycle the same old rotten ones. (See my April 30 column, “Big Government GOP’s Common Core Rebrand Hustle.”) As Hoosier mom Erin Tuttle put it, Pence’s stunt “gave the appearance of voiding the Common Core, while the Indiana Department of Education and the Center for Education and Career Innovation walked it through the backdoor.”

Hoosiers Against Common Core, which is led by Indiana parents who do not like the way the governor is doing things, supported the “backdoor” challengers, writes Malkin.

05 15, 2014
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