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Common Core repeal bill lacks some needed supporters
With the governor against the bill, implementation seems unlikely
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner says the Common Core repeal bill would cause havoc.
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A House committee reconvened Tuesday to hear more testimony from opponents of the education standards known as Common Core. But in order for the bill to get anywhere after the House, it needs to get support from some major players and that seems unlikely.
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Republican Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima is second-in-command in the House and the chair of the committee hearing the latest Common Core repeal bill. He says he hopes it can get a full chamber vote by November.

But that might be as far as the repeal attempt will go.

Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner of Kettering supports the Common Core standards and says the proposals in the House bill, especially the plan to implement three different sets of standards in three years, would create chaos.

“I just can’t emphasize how much, regardless of how one might feel about the Common Core itself, how truly dangerous this legislation is as written," Lehner says.

If the bill somehow got past the Senate then it would need Gov. John Kasich’s signature. Kasich is also a supporter of the standards, though he says if the hearings on the repeal reveal serious problems, he wants to fix them. And he refutes the main argument from opponents who say that the Common Core represents a federal takeover of education.

“Curriculum is not written by Washington," Kasich says. "It’s not written by Columbus. It’s written by local school boards.”

The bill is currently in the Rules and Reference Committee after an earlier repeal attempt stalled in the House Education Committee. 

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