Four years ago, Indiana became one of the first states in the country to adopt national Common Core Standards in English and math for K through 12th graders. Indiana is now the first state in the country to officially drop the initiative.
So why the about-face on Common Core? Will Ohio and Kentucky be next?
Common Core is fast becoming one of the hottest political debates since Obamacare. In fact, some conservatives have branded the national education standards with the nickname "Obamacore."
FOX19 asked Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse (R), who sponsored the legislation, if the decision to drop Common Core was politically motivated
"Our primary motive was to establish our own separate Indiana state standards and not be a part of nationalized standardization of copyright common core," says Kruse.
Utah's governor Gary Herbert (R), a supporter of Common Core, is critical of Indiana's motives. Herbert claims the Hoosier State's new academic standards are nearly identical to Common Core saying quote:
"They're creating what's called the Indiana Core - it's not Common Core - but their standards are almost mirroring exactly what is commonly referred to as the Common Core Standards."
The new standards (see link below) were just approved by Indiana's Board of Education on Monday and you don't have to look too close to see portions of the math and English sections were taken directly from Common Core.
Senator Kruse defends the similarities and is quick to point out that the national Common Core Initiative is based on prior academic standards including those in the Hoosier State saying: "There were quite a few of the Common Core standards which were similar to our previous Indiana state academic standards."
Opposition to Common Core is not limited to politicians. Parents, teachers and administrators have held rallies all over the country. Among their complaints; that Common Core places too much emphasis on testing and not enough on learning. The White House remains firmly committed to Common Core as do governors in a majority of the country, but the bottom line is this: More than a dozen states have legislation on the books that pauses or cuts Common Core all-together... Ohio and Kentucky among them.