While the standards themselves were the biggest problem with Common Core, the most powerful argument among state legislators seemed to be state’s rights.
“SB 91 is a strong statement that we are moving forward, moving away from Common Core, protecting Indiana sovereignty and student data,” said Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, author of the bill.
We don’t think an agreed upon set of standards, which individual states can clearly back away from, endangers state sovereignty over its schools. We think that argument is an appeal to fear that is not justified by simply sharing standards and methods with the rest of the union.
The ability to control our own schools in Indiana has been far more endangered by the injection of federal funding in public schools to develop specific programs. But few object to the arrival of money from Washington. We don’t expect that to change.
— Chronicle-Tribune, Marion
THE ISSUE Common Core. OUR VIEW Federal funding continues to endanger our state's ability to control its own schools.