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Governor Pence talks Common Core and Trinity Blue Ribbon Award

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Indiana became the first state to withdraw from the Common Core education standards in March.  Governor Mike Pence believes that the standards should be created at the local level to determine what works best for the state.  

Wednesday Gov. Pence was at Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend to congratulate the school on receiving their fourth Blue Ribbon Award. The award is given by the U.S. Department of Education and is considered to be the highest award a school can receive. "Our hats off to all these kids, their parents, and a great faculty," Gov. Pence said.

This happened as the state of Indiana is in the process of creating new standards as they move away from Common Core. Trinity is a private school and does not abide to the Common Core standards. The Common Core standards focus on what students should be learning in math and reading at each grade level to prepare students for the workforce or college.

"Our students go off to really good colleges and for that we're happy but that's not the goal for us. The goal is the kind of student we turn out," President of Trinity Schools Kerry Koller said.

Trinity has a curriculum that is performance based. Koller said that means students will sing or play an instrument in music class, paint in art class, and read original texts and not text books during Language Arts. "It's an integrative curriculum," Koller said.  "The degree to which it succeeds is because it's carefully integrated from level to level to level so students develop as they go along." 

The state has until July 1 to have the new educations standards set is place. "I'm very confident that we will complete the process of writing new academic standards for our kids and our schools well before," Gov. Pence said. He wants there to be enough time to allow for any changes such as buying new text books or providing different training for teachers. He believes the new standards can be implemented with the current budget already in place.

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