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Indiana's exit from the Common Core may not impact the Buckeye State


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This week, Indiana dropped its plan to implement the new Common Core education standards that it and 44 other states, including Ohio, adopted in 2010. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports an Ohio Republican would like this state to follow suit, but faces considerable opposition.
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Last year, Republican state Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta introduced H.B. 237 that would stop Ohio from implementing the Common Core.  

After learning of Indiana's decision to drop the standards, Thompson questions whether the move goes far enough, especially with critics saying the state's future standards may overlap too closely with the current Common Core plans.

"Is Indiana getting out of jail in this case, or are they just rearranging their jail cell?"

Thompson isn't giving up hope on his bill to axe the Common Core in Ohio and says there are still people who support that idea.

"At the grassroots level, I think there might be a revolt of other people, conservatives and liberals, to say that this isn't the way we want education to go.

Common core still has fans
In Ohio, one of the Common Core's biggest fans is the Fordham Institute.

Fordham's Research and Data Analyst Aaron Churchill says there's been strong continued support for the Common Core in the Buckeye State, from legislators in both the House and the Senate and the Department of Education.

So he's not convinced that Indiana's exit from the Common Core initiative will have a lot of influence.

"I don't know how much Indiana has to do with Ohio. It's a separate state. Obviously Ohio is sovereign over its own public education system and can do as it generally pleases in terms of standards and accountability."

Rep. Andy Thompson's anti-Common Core bill has had two hearings and has yet to be passed out of the education committee.

Committee chairman Gerald Stebelton is a supporter of the Common Core, which may make it unlikely that the bill will make it to a House vote.


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