Education committee to consider Common Core legislation next Wednesday
By: Jesselyn Bickley
INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the Senate Education Committee said he’s detected growing frustration about the controversial Common Core curriculum the state adopted in 2010 and will hold a four-hearing Wednesday on a bill to eliminate or change it.
Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said last year he opposed efforts to overturn a State Board of Education decision to implement Common Core, a set of national education standards for the classroom.
Since then, however, Kruse said that more of the materials and text books needed to implement Common Core in the classroom have been developed and some have raised questions.
“We don’t want to buy into federal control of our schools,” Kruse said.
The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate chamber.
Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett – who chaired the Board of Education the past four years – backed Common Core and it’s thought to have played a role in his November defeat. The incoming superintendent – Democrat Glenda Ritz – said she wants to readdress the issue once she takes office next week.
“I am looking for support to perhaps change direction in some areas, in particular Common Core. I want to look at our standards again and have dialogue that we may have not had a couple years back,” Ritz said.
Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, has introduced legislation that would get rid of Common Core in Indiana. Kruse said that’s worth a discussion, particularly because the state had well-regarded curriculum standards before the Common Core adoption.
“We were one of the top four states in the United States on our standards,” Kruse said.
He said there may be a way to combine old education standards with some parts of Common Core.
Jesselyn Bickley is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.