During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly was presented with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1427 which paused the implementation of Common Core State Standards for further study.
I had the opportunity to talk with all of the superintendents in my district, and a few outside my district, to hear their thoughts on this issue.
The superintendents I spoke with suggested that we not pause the implementation.
Their concern was that the bill was undermining teachers who had spent time implementing the new standards into their teaching plans, the dollars spent by the districts in implementation, and the fact that we have changed the educational standards three times in the past few years.
I was told that every time we change the standards, thousands of hours go into the preparation to teach the new standards.
I was also aware there was a feeling of dissatisfaction in the public with Common Core.
This dissatisfaction cannot be ignored in a democracy, and I sincerely appreciate hearing from Hoosier taxpayers on this issue.
Through discussions with my colleagues in the legislature, I learned that many of them shared a concern with the Common Core Standards which led me to believe the bill would pass — with or without my vote.
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