Pence: Common Core Needs Overhaul (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Governor Mike Pence hosted a town hall meeting at the downtown library Wednesday and answered several questions related to Obamacare and school vouchers.

But he got applause when he said education decisions need to be made at the state and local and parental levels.

He said that's why he opposed the president of his own party 12 years ago and voted against the No Child Left Behind federal mandate.

In fact, he made the decision earlier this week to withdraw from the 20 state PARCC assessment, and said he's pleased the General Assembly passed legislation this year that takes a pause on those Common Core assessments.

“Our state board of education just voted unanimously to do a thorough, new look and review of Common Core. Unanimously the state board of education in Indiana voted to do that. At my urging,” Pence said.

Education's a hot topic right now, with the allegations that former State School Superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grade of a charter school that's run by an influential Republican donor.

When asked about that, Governor Pence would only say that he's looking forward to the results of an internal review by the current State School Superintendent, Glenda Ritz.

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