Pence signs bill `pausing' reading, math standards

DOE has until July 1 to provide evaluation

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that will "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education school standards.

Pence signed the bill Saturday, two weeks after lawmakers approved the measure that suspends implementation of Common Core State Standards in more grades for a year while new state reviews are conducted.

Pence said in a statement the law "hits the pause button on Common Core so Hoosiers can thoroughly evaluate which standards will best serve the interests of our kids."

Supporters of Common Core said this move puts teachers in limbo, risks isolating Indiana students from national standards and results in the possibility of losing federal dollars.

Opponents hope the Department of Education decides Common Core is wrong for Indiana students.

"We felt like our kids are getting (ripped off)  because we had a high excellent education system and to lower those standards to me is almost insulting to our kids," said tea party supporter Monica Boyer.

Boyer and other opponents of the Common Core said they will use this time to educate other parents.

"I think they sense something is wrong and we're going to put words to those feelings through this education process this summer," Boyer said.

The State Board of Education must make a final decision on Indiana's academic standards before July 1, 2014.

The standards developed by a national group have been adopted by 45 states and are currently being used in Indiana's kindergarten and first grade classes.

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