INDIANAPOLIS One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's new appointments to the State Board of Education openly questions the statess adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards.
That new appointment comes after the Legislature this spring passed a bill suspending implementation of the Common Core State Standards in more grades for a year while new state reviews are conducted.
Pence's appointments of six people to the 11-member board on Thursday included two holdover members from the current board that has unanimously voted to reaffirm its support for the benchmarks.
New board member Andrea Neal is a former Indianapolis Star editorial page editor. She wrote a recent column supporting the pause in Common Core implementation. She replaces vocal supporter Neil Pickett, a one-time adviser to former Gov. Mitch Daniels.