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What does no more Common Core mean for the classroom?

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Indiana will no longer use Common Core in the classroom.  On Monday, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law removing the state from the program.

Common Core has been controversial.  But no matter your opinion, the fact remains. There is a change in store for Indiana. The big question is what specifically will change in your child's classroom?  That answer is hard to come by right now.

Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Penn-Harris-Madison Schools, said, "I think a lot of us were of the belief that was going to occur."

Thacker said they've been expecting Indiana to pull out of Common Core. So now that the governor has made it official, Thacker said there's no need to panic about the change in store.  "As long as they establish the standards, so we know the prescribed curriculum we're supposed to teach, we're gonna be fine," he said.

Indiana is now developing its own educational standards so local schools will wait to see what those standards are.  Thacker said, "When we find out the standards, we'll make sure our teaching is aligned to those standards."

A group of teachers and administrators is meeting now to replace Common Core and come up with new curriculum for the classroom.

Until they're finished, Dr. Thacker said the district is in a bit of a waiting game to learn how it will impact teaching materials and money.  "We've not really had an opportunity to evaluate the cost associated with it," he said. "We just don't know what the standards are."

Thacker said regardless of what happens, PHM will make sure their own standards are met too.  "We will continue to focus on excellence," he said. "We will make sure students master the standards and that we continue to be one of the exemplary school systems in Indiana."

South Bend and Elkhart Schools told us on Monday that they'll respond to our questions about Common Core Tuesday.
   
At the Goshen School Board meeting Monday night, we were told they don't know what they're doing yet next year because they don't know what the new standards will be.

A vote on new standards is set for late April.

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