Anti-school standards push draws Statehouse crowd

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Hundreds of people attended an Indiana Statehouse rally to support a legislator's effort to pull the state from the Common Core State Standards national education initiative.

The crowd gathered ahead of a state Senate Education Committee hearing Wednesday afternoon on the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Scott Schneider of Indianapolis.

The state Board of Education in 2010 approved joining the set of uniform math and reading benchmarks that was developed by a national group of state school officials and has been adopted by 45 states.

Common Core opponents argue the state has lost control of its school standards. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and other Common Core supporters say the state Board of Education should decide school standards.

The Senate committee is expected to vote on the bill next week.

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