INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) -- The Republican leaders of the General Assembly want Indiana to scrap the Common Core education standards and have the state adopt its own guidelines to prepare students for college and careers.

House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis tells The (Munster) Times the phrase "Common Core" has become a distraction and draws opposition around the state that approaches that of the federal health care overhaul.

The Republican-appointed State Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010 on the recommendation of former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett and former Gov. Mitch Daniels, both Republicans. All but five states have adopted Common Core, but several more are looking at dropping them.

Indiana "paused" its implementation of Common Core this year. A legislative panel that looked at them didn't agree on a recommendation.


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