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Ohio businesses push to retain the Common Core
Ohio businesses protest proposals to repeal the education standards, saying they need an educated workforce
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Joe Roman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership says higher standards for education are a must for business.
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A statewide coalition supporting the Common Core education standards is bringing forward several groups to oppose the latest effort for a repeal. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- the latest is a group of business leaders.    

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The chambers of commerce from some of Ohio’s largest cities were at a House committee meeting to oppose the Common Core repeal. They included the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

CEO Joe Roman says the Common Core standards set a higher mark for students to achieve a deeper level of learning. 

“We need children who not only can learn math but can use it and feel comfortable about it.” 

Steve Staub is president of a manufacturing company in Dayton. He says he and other business leaders know first-hand the need for an educated workforce. 

“We need people that can actually come out and be able to work and we don’t have to re-teach them things that they should’ve learned in high school.” 

Those opposed to the Common Core believe the standards are part of a federal takeover of the education system. A committee vote on the repeal could happen in the next few weeks. 

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