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Pence Puts Common Core On Hold

A legislative decision to pause the rollout of new academic standards known as Common Core is leaving many Indiana teachers in limbo, wondering if they can implement new lesson plans they've spent more than two years creating to meet the standards.

The standards have been adopted by 45 states.

They emphasize students' analytical reading and writing skills in all subjects.

Indiana adopted the standards in 2010 and is already using the standards in its kindergarten and first-grade classes.

The state had planned to use them in all grades starting in the 2014-15 school year.

But lawmakers voted last month, and Governor Pence signed the law Saturday to delay full implementation so that they could study the cost of implementation and hold public hearings.

That has left many teachers and school districts wondering what to do since they have adopted text books and made lesson plans based on guidelines that now do not apply.