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Common Core opponents push bill to repeal the education guidelines -- a move supporters of the core say is built on myth
As Common Core implementation approaches, opponents try again to stop the standards
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Common Core opponents attend a hearing for a bill that would repeal the Comm Core in Ohio.
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The set of education standards known as Common Core is under attack just as schools around Ohio begin to implement it.

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It is back-to-school season around Ohio where classes have already started in many districts. The new year is noteworthy as teachers carry out new curriculum to achieve the standards known as the Common Core.

These are benchmarks created by a group of education experts from around the country, including Ohio, in 2010 and then adopted by the state along with more than 40 others.

Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools in Lorain County says a great deal of research went into crafting the standards.

“Ohio’s new learning standards provide a path for students to drill much deeper into each learning to apply more knowledge and skill in the subject than ever before,” Hill says.

State created but a threat to local control?
But for years a group of state lawmakers have clamored for a repeal of Common Core. They argue that the standards take away local control, and they question the teaching techniques and where and how it was created.

Several opponents visited the Statehouse to show their support for a repeal, including Richard Ringo of Cincinnati.

“Most important thing is not just that it dumbs down the standards for our children but it infringes on our freedom the less control from the federal government the best,” Ringo says.

Intervention from the federal government was the main sticking point from opponents of the standards. But there seems to be disagreement among the opponents on whether the standards are too harsh or not strong enough.

Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima, chair of the Rules Committee, and Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta speak at the Common Core bill hearing.Misinformation
Stephen Thompson is superintendent for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools. He says the problem is that opponents do not have all the facts.

“There was this understanding that you couldn’t do different things: You couldn’t do STEM education, you can’t do problem-based solutions, you couldn’t do inquiry learning if you have the Common Core," Thompson says. "Well, that’s simply not true it’s just based on misinformation.”

Republican Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima is a co-sponsor of the latest attempt to repeal Common Core, and chairs the committee where the repeal bill is being heard. As he explains during a committee hearing, it is not about whether or not the standards will be effective, but rather how they were created.

“I’m submitting to this committee and ultimately to the General Assembly, this is a bad way to make public policy," Huffman says. "Ceding important decisions to national organizations whatever the influence of the federal government may be is a bad way to make policy.”

Conservative critics
Common Core has been a major topic of debate around the country, especially among conservative media personalities and blogs.

But in Hill’s opinion, those against the Common Core standards represent a small minority of the state.

“As has been the case countless times before education stands at a crossroads where the voices of the few may disrupt the path that I believe to be associated with success,” Hill says.

School superintendents emphasized that districts have invested a lot of money into implementing these standards, surpassing hundreds of millions of dollars around the state.

If the bill were to pass, it would allow Common Core to continue for this school year. Then the state would implement standards used in Massachusetts while Ohio leaders create a third, all-new set of standards in 2017.

The House plans to hold several more hearings on the bill in the coming weeks. 

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