Gov. Mike Pence (R)
Date of Speech: Jan. 15
Gov. Pence offered state lawmakers perhaps his strongest indication yet that he wants Indiana to drop entirely out of the Common Core State Standards initiative.
“Hoosiers have high expectations when it comes to Indiana schools,” he said in his State of the State speech. “That’s why Indiana decided to take a timeout on national education standards. When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana’s will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and will be among the best in the nation.”
Last year, legislators passed a law “pausing” common-core implementation.
Gov. Pence also used his speech to call for vouchers for prekindergarten, an expansion of charter schools, and incentives for teachers to move to low-performing schools.
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A version of this article appeared in the January 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Indiana