Ohio unlikely to reject Common Core
Education chair, governor say new standards important
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An effort to remove Ohio schools from the national Common Core standards appears dead on arrival in the Ohio House.
Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, said he plans to file a bill soon that would prohibit the state from paying for Common Core tests, training and materials; prohibit the state from sending student information to the federal government or other outside groups; and require more study and public discussion of education standards, including the Common Core.
His bill has at least eight cosponsors committed, Thompson said. He expects to pitch it in hearings in the House education committee this fall.
“My bill would put (Common Core) on hold so we can have a chance to assess its tests,” Thompson said. “It was passed in an ill-conceived fashion. They (state leaders) voted to adopt it before they knew what the standards were.”
The chairman of that committee, Rep. Gerry Stebelton, R-Lancaster, said although the bill will receive due process and a hearing, he believes most members will oppose it.
“There is not support in the Ohio House to reject Common Core,” he said.
Stebelton was speaking Friday in Pickerington during a local chamber of commerce discussion about the national standards. Numerous parents expressed concerns about the rules and their association with the federal government.
He encouraged parents to read the Common Core standards, which are online, and ignore the rhetoric. Stebelton said although he “despises” President Barack Obama, that’s no reason to oppose Common Core, which Obama supports.
“Try to separate yourself,” he said. “This whole process of Common Core standards has nothing to do with political parties. It has to do with what’s in the best interest of our kids.”
The Common Core standards were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association in 2009 and adopted by 45 states, including Ohio.
In recent years, the White House has become an obvious supporter, including provisions in its Race To The Top competitive grant program and its No Child Left Behind waiver program to encourage states to embrace education standards that help prepare students for college and careers.
Gov. John Kasich predicted Thompson’s bill will not make it to his desk.
“The whole purpose of Common Core is so that … we’re not lowering the bar on standards so our kids can jump over them easier,” he said.
“It’s designed to have some real structure to basic education, so our kids can be more effective and we can compete in the world.” REALLY! “WE” can compete in the world?
I for one would like to know EXACTLY how we are doing this when the only thing I am aware of spreading throughout the world is fast food & soda pop!
Just exactly does this quote mean when jobs that “make things” are being sent overseas in the name of huge profits? When was the last time anyone left the USA to compete for a job globally, and where are these jobs posted? To compete in the world Mr Kasich (I assume this is your quote, being it’s the MNJ its hard to tell?) what you are saying is we need to know more, to make less!, am I hearing you correctly? It was said in last weeks paper that Chinese students are buying products while they are here because they are 3x more over there, this is the PROBLEM you need to solve, why is that? It simply does not take a degree to figure out this is a problem and why we can’t compete in the world. Oppression is a worldly problem which needs fixed first, you know…where folks there make as much as we do here, or the latter, the US being brought down to their standards; which will it be, and how can we continue to be the world leaders IF this happens? THINK LEADERS, THINK!