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Common Core debate continues in Indiana House

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:20 am

INDIANAPOLIS — A measure to stop the state from using Common Core national education standards is back before Indiana lawmakers.

The House Education Committee is expected to take up the bill Thursday. The Senate approved the measure 36-12.

The legislation came amid debate over whether Indiana should continue following the standards that have been adopted by 45 other states or create its own benchmarks to prepare students for college and careers after high school.

Indiana halted implementation of Common Core to more grades last year in order to study whether to drop the standards, but the bipartisan panel that looked into the issue failed to reach a consensus.

If the House Education Committee approves the bill, it would advance to the full House for consideration.