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Hearings Begin For Common Core Repeal Bill

Hearings Begin For Common Core Repeal Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Three days of hearings on a bill to repeal Common Core education standards are set to begin on Monday at the Ohio Statehouse.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima and Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta, would overturn the standards that were put in place in 2010. Both men say they've heard from a lot of teachers and parents that are upset about the standards.

"Everyone is for higher standards, that's not the debate. The debate is these standards have never been tried, tested, or proven anywhere ever," said Heidi Huber with Ohioans Against Common Core.

School districts across the state are working to implement the standards. Common Core has the support of teachers' unions and community and business groups.

"There is a revenue stream that is clouding their perception," Huber said. She claims that the Gates Foundation, run by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and other supporting groups are providing the funding to push these standards.

The Ohio Federation of Teachers has said repeal would create chaos for school districts.

"This isn't something new that we're just getting into and we can easily drop and pickup something else," said OFT President Melissa Cropper.

She says the standards are a good thing and she wants to see them stay in place.

"These are the right standards for Ohio," she said.

Cropper feels there is a lot of bad information out there about Common Core. She encourages people to read the standards for themselves and suggests parents take any concerns directly to teachers.

"Ask them what does this standard mean, what will this look like in my child's classroom, how will you teach this," she said.

Many opponents of Common Core are upset about what they see as a loss of local control over schools. Cropper says local schools still control the curriculum, the teaching style, and resources used. Huber disagrees.

"This is a de facto curriculum. You can't have local control and have a national assessment," she said.

Huber says opponents of Common Core aren't going away and won't back down on their efforts to get it repealed.

"Failure is not an option on this. We are going to get this repealed because we do not want this for our children and we don't want it for their future."

 

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