Ohio Republican offers Common Core repeal bill despite long odds

July 29, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio lawmaker filed a bill late last week to repeal the new Common Core learning standards in the Buckeye State.


Andy ThompsonRepublican state Rep. Andy Thompson’s proposed law would prohibit the state from spending money on Common Core-related materials, training and tests. Thompson’s bill would also bar Ohio K-12 officials from sharing student information with the federal government or other third-party groups, such as companies that specialize in creating educational software for schools, reports Jenni White of The Heartland Institute.

Thompson wants Ohio citizens to have a chance to review the new math and English standards that will have a profound effect on how the state educates its K-12 students.

“It was passed in an ill-conceived fashion,” Thompson told MarionStar.com. “They (state leaders) voted to adopt it before they knew what the standards were.”

Thompson’s bill is already being met with stiff resistance from fellow Republicans.

Rep. Gerald Stebelton, chairman of the House Education Committee, has said there’s “no chance” the Legislature will drop the new learning standards in math and English.

And even if Thompson’s repeal bill survives the legislative process, Republican Gov. John Kasich has threatened a veto.

Heidi Huber, leader of Ohioans Against Common Core, is perplexed by the Republicans’ unwillingness to have a conversation about the Common Core standards, which have never been tested anywhere in the U.S.

“All I really want to ask these people is, ‘Why are you so adamant to defend (the Common Core standards)?’” Huber said in an interview with the Heartland Institute. “It just seems so counterintuitive to me that you wouldn’t want to explain why you want them so badly. We can’t even have a rational discussion about them.”

National Public Radio reports that state law requires Ohio schools to start teaching the Common Core “this fall, but many schools began teaching under the new standards last year or even earlier. By the 2014-15 school year, annual standardized tests will be based entirely on the new standards.”

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