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Common Core: Impacts on Your Child's Education

Changes are on the way when it comes to your child's education. The State of Indiana has opted out Common Core Standards.
Changes are on the way when it comes to your child's education.  The State of Indiana has opted out Common Core Standards.

Some educators say they didn't care for the program because according to them it was dumbing down their students. Two weeks ago, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill to withdraw Indiana from Common Core.

For the past 4 years, teachers in Indiana have had to lower their teaching standards to comply with the National Common Core.  After Governor Pence signed a bill to withdraw Indiana from the Common Core, teachers need to know what the new standards are to prep for the coming school year.

"We just want to make sure  that when our standards line up so that when people hire Indiana graduates, they know they're getting the best and they're getting kids that are educated."

Cari Whicker teaches at Riverview Middle School in Huntington and represents District 3 on that State Board of Education.  For the past 9 months, she and other State Education Officials have been working on a new set of standards, which she says will be more challenging.

"We have a huge number of students who upon going to college, have to end up taking remedial classes and needing remediation.  This is to help prevent some of that."

When the Common Core Standards were adopted, many educators were upset.

"Teachers were very upset, concerned, and even angry that with this whole Common Core thing, they were teaching to the test and were basically just proctors repeating information."

Kevin Howell is a County Councilman for Allen County's First District.  He's been traveling throughout Northeast Indiana to educate the public on the benefits of throwing out Common Core.  By his side, Senator Dennis Kruse of Auburn played a key role in getting legislation passed for new standards.

"We were in the top 5 of 50 states prior to Common Core and actually we had to lower our standards because Common Core is kind of the middle around so half of the states moved up and half of the states moved down.  We were one that moved down."

The new standards will be released to the public April 15th at 5:00pm.  Those results can be found on http://www.doe.in.gov/.  The State Board of Education then has 2 weeks to accept or deny the changes.  WFFT will have those results April 28th when the Board meets.
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