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State pauses on standards for schools

– Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that will “pause” Indiana’s adoption of a national set of reading and math education school standards.

Pence signed the bill Saturday, two weeks after lawmakers approved the measure that suspends implementation of Common Core State Standards in more grades for a year while new state reviews are conducted.

Pence said in a statement the law “hits the pause button on Common Core so Hoosiers can thoroughly evaluate which standards will best serve the interests of our kids.”

The state Board of Education must make a final decision on Indiana’s academic standards before July 1, 2014.

The standards developed by a national group have been adopted by 45 states and are currently being used in Indiana’s kindergarten and first-grade classes.

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