One political Christmas wish I have this year is for the Ohio House of Representatives to take a vote on the removal of Common Core. Thousands of Ohioans want Common Core out of the schools. Citizens have called, signed petitions, given testimony against Common Core.
It isn’t an easy vote. The changes that would come as a result of the bill would be work for school districts and teachers.
It is a vote that needs to happen. Our kids are losing days, weeks, months of education time languishing under a subpar set of educational standards that need to be removed.
Sub House Bill 597, the repeal and replacement of Common Core in Ohio, was passed out of the Rules and Reference Committee of the Ohio House November 5, 2014. There was a strong push by the Republican leadership, Speaker Batchelder and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman, to see that this bill had proper hearings in the House. The committee voted the bill out of committee to give it a chance to be voted on by the full House.
The vote on Common Core has not come.
Heidi Huber, founder of Ohioans Against Common Core, when asked to describe Common Core:
“Common Core is described as a set of standards. The fallacy of that, is Common Core is an initiative. It is an initiative to fundamentally change every classroom in the country. They are doing that through a set of standards that also has assurances that were required as a part of the initiative and a federal grant including: teacher evaluations, a student longitudinal data system, national standards and a national assessment. Those four components will fundamentally change the American education system.”
Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, is suing the federal government over Common Core. From the Washington Times:
“The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Mr. Jindal said in a statement reported by AP. “Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.”
Several Republican Governors, including our Governor, John Kasich, spoke on Common Core at the Republican Governors Association meeting in November via CSPAN. The move away from Common Core among conservative Governors is clear.
The Ohio House of Representatives needs to take a stand on Common Core. We need a vote for Christmas.
Speaker Batchelder has control of this vote. He has to bring it to the floor for a vote. Contact him and let him know you want a vote: firstname.lastname@example.org, (614) 466-8140. If you have not contacted your member of the Ohio House of Representative, please call or email them this holiday season. http://ohiorising.org/ohio-house-contacts/