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COMMON CORE: A ‘lesson well-learned’

October 2, 2013

Ind. Representatives Kathy Heuer (left) and Dave Ober spoke at a Whitley County Patriots meeting on Indiana’s evolving education standards Tuesday night. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Patriots gathered with Ind. Representatives to discuss the impact of educations standards in public schools Tuesday night.

Ind. Representatives Kathy Heuer and Dave Ober addressed questions and comments from those in attendance in regards to the state’s implementation of Common Core standards.

“This will be a lesson well-learned,” Heuer said about her research into Common Core. “It was a good wake up call.”

When a bill was presented to the Indiana House of Representatives to pause Common Core implementation, Heuer voted for the motion. This allowed standards that were put in place in May to continue until new standards are adopted.

“I made sure the bill was going to pass,” she said. “I think some people looked at the vote tally and saw that I voted for the bill. I must be for Common Core — that’s not it. I want to see more input from teachers and administrators.”

Heuer said she met with school superintendents to hear their concerns with school standards.

“Superintendents are frustrated with all the changes,” Heuer said. “They just want to see us pick something and stick with it. This is the third change in 12 or 15 years.”

With each switch, state standards cost school districts millions in new textbooks, faculty training and assessments.

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