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Governor Pence signs Common Core review bill

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Governor Pence has signed education bill HEA 1427, requiring thorough review of the Common Core State Standards.

“I have long believed that education is a state and local function and we must always work to ensure that our students are being taught to the highest academic standards and that our curriculum is developed by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “The legislation I sign today hits the pause button on Common Core so Hoosiers can thoroughly evaluate which standards will best serve the interests of our kids. “

The Department of Education is now required provide an evaluation of the Common Core standards by July 1st. HEA 1427 also establishes a legislative study committee, which will explore issues related to academic standards. The bill also calls for the Office of Management and Budget to assess the Common Core’s fiscal impact. The State Board of Education is required to make its final decision on the academic standards before July 1st of next year.

Pence also signed two additional education bills Saturday – HEA 1005 and HEA 1348, which are part of his roadmap to improve education.

“The bills will give our Hoosier students more opportunities for the kind of education that will help them to be successful,” said Governor Pence.  “The signing of bills HEA 1005 and HEA 1348 demonstrates our state’s commitment to making education a priority and illustrates my dedication to ensure that all Hoosier students and their families have better educational opportunities.”

HEA 1005 adds more ways of dealing with students who need remediation. HEA 1348 provides college students with incentives to stay on track towards graduating.

Hoosiers can learn more about the bills signed by the Governor at: http://www.in.gov/gov/billwatch.htm.