Despite protests from parents and teachers, the Indiana Legislature agreed to continue rolling out the Common Core standards, which have already been rolled out for kindergarten and first grade, and will soon be released for second grades (these are the grades in which early childhood experts say the Common Core standards are developmentally inappropriate).

The state board of education, which is staunchly Republican, is firmly and unanimously committed to the Common Core.

Newly elected State Superintendent Glenda Ritz said she would review the CC standards to see whether there was a way to combine them with Indiana’s previous standards, which were widely recognized as among the best in the nation.