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Bill Would Halt Common Core in Ohio
Posted by Scott Landreth
In June of 2010 Ohio became 1 of 45 states to adopt the controversial Common Core education standards. Now some lawmakers in Ohio – much like their counterparts in neighboring Indiana and Michigan – are having “buyer’s remorse”.
Representative Andy Thompson has introduced a bill to repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio. If passed, HB237 would prohibit state funds for Common Core materials, training, and tests in Ohio, prohibit Ohio from sending student information to the federal government or other outside groups, and require public discussion and further study of Common Core and education standards.
The bill states in part, “the state board of education shall not adopt, and the department of education shall not implement, the academic content standards for English language arts and mathematics developed by the common core standards initiative. Nor shall the state board use the partnership for assessment of readiness for college and careers (PARCC), or any other assessments related to or based on the common core standards, as any of the assessments required under sections 3301.0710 and 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.“
It is a well-documented fact that the Common Core standards were still being developed when Ohio hastily adopted them more than 3 years ago. ”It was a real, kind of poorly handled rush job,” said Thompson. ”The goal of my bill is to provoke this conversation that was never had.”
Common Core is a set of education standards developed by a panel of so-called education experts in Washington DC (the National Governors Association for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers are both DC-based trade associations). Common Core was NOT created by the states. The states that adopted Common Core did so primarily to remain eligible for federal “Race to the Top” education grants. (“Race to the Top” is Obama’s education initiative, announced in 2009).
As such, this is yet another example of the federal government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying unconstitutional federal dictates. The federal government was never intended to have any authority regarding the education of our children; it is not an enumerated power delegated to the federal government and therefore belongs to the states, per the 10th Amendment.
HB237, which has support from a dozen of the more liberty-minded members of the Ohio House as well as strong grassroots support from liberty groups throughout Ohio, faces an uphill battle against several state leaders who support Common Core.
Ohio House Education Committee Chairman Gerald Stebelton says concerns about Common Core are unwarranted. Though he says concern that schools and students are not ready for all-online Common Core tests “has some legs under it”, he also believes “there is no chance that we will retract ourselves from the Common Core Standards.”
Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner finds it unfortunate the Common Core have become a “political hot potato” since a “national talk show host started railing against the initiative,” she wrote in a public letter.
Although Gov. John Kasich has publicly indicated that he supports Common Core and does not think Thompson’s bill will make his desk, when asked if he would sign it spokesman Rob Nichols said, “We don’t take a position on every bill introduced into the General Assembly.”
What can you do to help Ohio maintain control of the educational standards in our public schools?
(1) Call your STATE Representative and strongly encourage her/him to support HB237.
(2) Call your STATE Senator and strongly encourage her/him to support similar legislation in the Senate.
(3) Connect with and share Ohioans Against Common Core online at http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com/
(4) Visit, Like and Share Ohio Tenth Amendment Center on Facebook for updates.