After a long silence we finally have a feel of how Indiana Governor Mike Pence may handle Common Core legislation that could hit his desk.
Joy Pullmann of School Reform News reports:
Indiana leaders will “take a long, hard look” at Common Core, said Gov. Mike Pence in response to a School Reform News question at a public event Friday…
…Pence said he believed states created Common Core but the federal government has begun to get overly involved. He suggested Indiana could mimic Virginia, which has not adopted Common Core or corresponding national tests, but has compared its education standards to Common Core so teachers can use Common Core materials. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chair of the Republican Governors Association, has said Common Core represents federal micromanagement over education.
He said he would bring his “anti-No Child Left Behind biases” to this issue.
While this is encouraging I’d like to point out that “states” did not create the Common Core – special interest groups did. Also I’d like to see action behind the rhetoric – Governor Pence does not need legislation to remove Indiana from the Common Core. He will be making appointments to the Indiana State Board of Education who can vote to remove them.