The national debate over Common Core State Standards has intensified in recent months as several states have begun rejecting the standards in favor of drafting their own. Indiana was the first. Our actions have been mischaracterized for several reasons, many of them political.
In a recent op-ed, State Board of Education member Tony Walker stated, “Indiana is in jeopardy of losing its exemption from No Child Left Behind” because of the change in the superintendent of public instruction in 2013. He further encourages us to believe “the U.S. Department of Education h…
July was a blitz of guest commentaries from the governor’s State Board of Education and his “shadow department of education” (known as the Center for Education and Career Innovation) appointees to influence the public that Glenda Ritz is the problem and not them.
Grandpa was in hog heaven! My daughter’s family from London had joined my wife and me in Florida for spring break. Now I was babysitting my two grandchildren while the others went shopping.
Did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence change course on Common Core curriculum, with the emphatic support of his super majority Republicans in the General Assembly, to put education standards back in the hands of Hoosiers? Or did he make a political decision that will play well with some factions of Re…
INDIANAPOLIS | Members of the Republican-appointed State Board of Education got snippy Tuesday with Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, during an emergency meeting on the potential loss of a key waiver of some federal education requirements.
Indiana's No Child Left Behind waiver is at risk, the U.S. Department of Education has said. Indiana must take this warning seriously.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana State Board of Education adopted new state standards for math and English/language arts Monday in Indianapolis.
Does anyone else think much of the verbiage and some legislation coming from some state officials involves the creation of goblins and bogeymen about which the public is supposed to be afraid?
Review views on Common Core
Robert Brenner, Crown Point | "I think it's the worst idea. Florida did this same thing, and now its school system is in the crapper. The standards now are set up to give a better system of knowledge."
Juan Mitchell, Portage | "I think it's not a very good idea unless he's got something to back it up with."
Giovanni Laboy, Portage | "I don't think it makes sense. There has to be proof. He's got to show us what his ideas are."
Angelo Badiz, Chicago | "It has its pros and cons. The state knows best for its people. The federal government sometimes thinks it knows better, but they do consider, overall, all the other states."
Robert Hernandez, Hobart | "I don't think so. I think it's a bad idea. We should stick to the federal guidelines."
Latoya Carter, Merrillville | "If he's going to make it harder, it's going to affect the teachers. It might be more challenging to the kids, but if the teachers can't teach it then it won't matter."
Region views on Common Core
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence signed into law 223 of the 224 legislative proposals approved this year by the Indiana General Assembly, and allowed the remaining measure, scuttling the state's energy-efficiency program, to become law without his signature.
I totally agree with the editorial on Common Core Standards.
INDIANAPOLIS | Students attending Indiana elementary and high schools will learn material different from what's taught in nearly every other state in the nation, starting this fall.
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