Indiana State Republicans praise Common Core replacement

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- State Republican leaders are praising newly approved education standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in Indiana's classrooms this fall.

The board voted 10-1 Monday morning to endorse the new education standards in a step that makes Indiana the first state to formally abandon the national benchmarks that had been adopted by 45 states.

Some conservatives and Tea Party members say the Common Core cedes too much power to the federal government.

Indiana state Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the adoption of these standards prevents that.

Lawmakers passed legislation in March requiring the board adopt new standards written by Indiana education leaders to replace those contentious national standards.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says it's now important to monitor their implementation and sure make students can complete globally.

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