Views mixed on nation’s changing education standards

Indiana is the first state to part with the national Common Core standards of education in favor of developing and implementing its own academic standards to better prepare students for college and the workforce.

Gov. Mike Pence recently signed legislation to opt out of the national initiative to align curriculum across state lines. Indiana was one of the first of 45 states to adopt Common Core in 2010 under then-Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The change is one many local educators and parents support, although many say the changes may appear more cosmetic — a name change — than a real change in philosophy.

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