Pence approves withdrawal from Common Core

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill pulling Indiana from the reading and math education standards adopted by most states around the country.

The governor’s office says Pence signed on Monday the proposal approved by legislators requiring the State Board of Education to draft new standards outlining what students should be learning in each grade rather than using the Common Core standards currently in place.

Pence said in a statement he believed Indiana’s students are best served by education decisions made at the state and local level.

Many Republican lawmakers pushed for the withdrawal from Common Core, which the state board adopted in 2010 under then-GOP state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. The National Governors Association and state education superintendents developed Common Core.

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