INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s experience with Common Core is beginning to feel like a typical Hollywood horror movie: Just when it seems the monster is finally dead, it springs back to life to continue its reign of terror.
Here’s what we mean: On Wednesday, legislation that would repeal Common Core and replace it with Indiana-grown math and English standards passed out of committee and was sent to the full Senate for consideration, The Journal Gazette reports.
It appears likely the legislation – Senate Bill 91 – will pass the Republican-controlled General Assembly and eventually be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
That means the Common Core “monster’s” death is imminent, right?
Not so fast.
IndyStar.com reports that SB 91 does not necessarily prevent the Indiana State Board of Education – the body tasked with adopting fresh math and English standards – from recycling “pieces of Common Core and mixing it with standards unique to Indiana.”
“We don’t think (the bill) prohibits components or even all of Common Core from being adopted. We anticipate (the new standards) won’t look exactly like what we have now, but we are hopeful,” Derek Redelman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce told the Gazette.
If that happens, Hoosiers Against Common Core Founder Erin Tuttle warns there will be a state full of “outraged” parents who will feel “tricked” by their leaders.
Republican state Sen. Scott Schneider – author of SB 91 – doubts State Board of Education members will try to pull a fast one on Hoosier families because “a whole group of parents will be watching.”
He’s right – concerned citizens will be able to monitor the review and rewrite process. That’s something they weren’t allowed to do when the unelected State Board unanimously adopted Common Core in August of 2010 (which was just a few weeks after the nationalized standards were officially unveiled).
That review process is already underway. According to State Impact, “teams of Indiana educators and subject matter experts are currently reviewing the Common Core. They’ll report their findings back to the State Board, and the revised standards they propose will be up for public comment in late February or early March.”
Schneider is confident that when SB 91 passes, it will stand as “a strong statement that we are moving forward and away from Common Core.”
Some Indiana families will take comfort in hearing that Common Core’s demise is imminent.
But other citizens – those who believe many political leaders are arrogant elitists with a “we know best” attitude – won’t be satisfied until the Common Core monster is safely in the grave.
And even then, they’ll keep watching – just be sure it stays dead.