In 2002, then-U.S. Rep. Mike Pence stood alone among Republicans in opposition to George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation. We applauded his position because it demonstrated that he opposed the continuing intrusion of the federal government in our state’s ability to control our destiny in education. Now, as governor, he has the obligation to lead his appointed State Board of Education to understand that the content of the new standards being drafted cannot simply be a cut-and-paste of Common Core.
The governor believes not accepting $10 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage for the uninsured is in our long term best interest. If it’s true for health care, it’s also true for education. The governor should not accept educational standards that mirror Common Core out of fear of how the federal Department of Eduction may react to uncommonly high standards that meet the needs of our student population. It’s time for the governor to lead this state out of the progressive education model of centralization and uniformity.
Indy Star, March 12, 2014