Indiana lawmakers seek decentralized school choices

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Two Republican state senators are pushing measures to decentralize school leadership in Indiana and pull the state out of a national education initiative.

Sens. Mike Delph of Carmel and Scott Schneider of Indianapolis said Wednesday they will submit bills to decentralize school curriculum decisions and end Indiana's participation in the national Common Core Standards, a set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading.

If successful, Schneider's measure would mark another rebuttal of the sweeping education changes pushed by departing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett and outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels. Bennett and the state's education board signed off on Common Core Standards in 2010.

Many conservatives chafed at the loss of local control under those standards. And Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Bennett in November's election with a promise to decentralize decision-making.

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