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Board approves Indiana's Common Core replacement

Published On: Apr 28 2014 11:18:56 AM CDT
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The State Board of Education has approved new math and English standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in Indiana's classrooms this fall.

The board voted 10-1 Monday morning to endorse the new education standards in a step that completes Indiana becoming the first state to formally abandon the national benchmarks that had been adopted by 45 states.

Some Common Core opponents told the board they didn't support the new standards, saying they're only watered-down versions of the contentious national standards.

Several of those opponents booed and jeered last week as the Education Roundtable led by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz voted overwhelmingly to endorse the new benchmarks.

The standards are a guide for what students should learn in each grade.

This change from Common Core will be expensive.

Schools are preparing to spend as much as $125 million to train teachers for the new standards.

Last month, Governor Mike Pence signed legislation making Indiana the first state to drop Common Core.

The new standards go into effect with the start of school in August.