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An Ohio House committee hears from Common Core supporters
Ohio is consider a repeal of the academic standards over the protests of educators and business groups

Andy Chow
William McCallum, professor at the University of Arizona, helped create the common Core's math standards.
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A bill that would repeal the education standards known as Common Core has both its supporters and opponents. This week state lawmakers are hearing from its backers.

William McCallum, a professor of mathematics at the University of Arizona, was part of a panel of experts who helped write the Common Core standards for math. McCallum says the Common Core represents an overdue promise of deeper education for children and says that Ohio should deliver on that promise.

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“It’s not an easy road. There are lots of challenges ahead. We are raising the standards in this country and therefore there is work to be done.”

Republican Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima is a co-sponsor of the bill to repeal the Common Core. He argues that the standards represent a federal takeover of the education system.

Huffman has said he’d like to see the Republican-dominated House vote on the measure right after the November election.

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