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Common Core must go – Primary votes needed on State Central Committee

Ohio Republican State Central CommitteeCommon Core is a problem that has plagued Ohio’s education system since 2010. Parents and teachers all over the Buckeye State have been fighting to remove the Common Core State Standards from our children’s schools. The Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate and Governor Kasich have refused to address Common Core. In the case of Governor Kasich, he has defended it.

This is a frustrating issue that must be addressed. Republicans are supposed to be for a Constitutional government with the control of education in the hands of local school districts, not supporting a top-down education model.

The Ohio Republican Party has not addressed Common Core – they could address it, but they have refused. The Republican National Committee addressed Common Core in a well-written resolution in 2013. See the text below.

It’s time for the Ohio Republican Party to stand on Principle. We need to replace the current members of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee with people that will stand up against Common Core – people that will pass the RNC resolution and expect politicians to act to remove Common Core.

To achieve this goal, we need a change at the ballot box. We need new members of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee. Everyone in Ohio has the chance to vote on their State Central Committee man and woman during the March 15 primary.

It will take some research – these are the challengers. You are starting to get mail from the incumbents. They have the money to do a lot of mailings, but this will only work if you don’t do your research.

Common Core is too big of an issue to stand for the status quo. Find the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee members for your district on the map below. It’s time to find the leadership needed to stand against Common Core. Find your candidates now.

Click here to go to the candidate map http://ohrepscc.com/scc_map/

 

Republican National Committee Resolution on Common Core Spring 2013

“Resolved, the Republican National Committee, as stated in the 2012 Republican Party Platform, “does not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and supports providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level,” (Renewing American Values to Build Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods, p.35), which is best based on a free market approach to education for students to achieve individual excellence; and be it further

Resolved, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal;” and be it further

Resolved, that the Republican National Committee rejects the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state; and be it finally

Resolved, that the 2012 Republican Party Platform specifically states the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools, (Renewing American Values to Build Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods, p. 36); and therefore, the Republican National Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.”

Stop Common Core

Common Core has got to go!

Stop Common CoreThis week the Ohio House Education Committee took testimony on House Bill 212, the Local Control in Education Bill.  The House Education Committee is the first step toward the bill getting a vote on the floor.

House Bill 212 prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting, and the Department of Education from implementing, the Common Core State Standards.  It also requires the State Board to replace the English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies with new standards that are consistent with the standards adopted by Massachusetts prior to their adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

In an article by James Marshall Crotty at Forbes, he learned that if Massachusetts were a country, its students would rank 9th in the world.  “I found that if Massachusetts were allowed to report subject scores independently — much the way that, say, Shanghai is allowed to do so — the Bay State would rank 9th in the world in Math Proficiency, tied with Japan, and on the heels of 8th-ranked Switzerland. In reading, Massachusetts would rank fourth in the world, tied with Hong Kong, and not far behind third-ranked Finland.” Learn more about the success Massachusetts had with those standards here.

This bill also gives school districts a freedom to choose if they would like to implement the standards written by the State Board of Education.  If a school district wishes, they have the right to develop and use their own standards. In addition, it prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting any model curricula.  The curriculum is the books, materials, lesson plans and teaching style used for instruction.

The testing of our students would also change.  School districts can select from either the assessments administered prior to 2010 in Iowa or the assessments administered prior to 2010 in

Massachusetts, or a combination of both for the elementary-level assessments in

English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

There are also specifications in the bill that require testing to begin no earlier than the last week of April.

With the passage of House Bill 212, the evaluation of Principals and teachers would once again fall into the hands of the local school district. It eliminates the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and Principal Evaluation system which was tied to student test scores.

House Bill 212 will change the way the children in Ohio receive education and how our teachers teach, for the better.

Contact your Representative in the Ohio House and let them know that you support House Bill 212.

Click here for the members of the House Education Committee.

To look up your House Member and find their phone number, click here.

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Stopping Common Core on Election Day

OPP_LogoStopping an issue like Common Core takes focused effort on several fronts. In terms of the legislative arena, we are lucky in Ohio to have a group like Ohioans Against Common Core leading the way for us in Columbus.

But, standing up for better education in our state doesn’t end there.

People are policy. If you want to change the policy, sometimes you have to change the people in charge. This means nominating and electing better quality representatives. But, how do you elect better representatives when the same old choices seem to appear on the ballot every election?

Be the person who picks the candidates.

Few are aware of the existence of something called “party central committee.” Members of central committee(s) are often those most responsible for the choices we see on election day.

  • Generally, one person per precinct may serve on a party’s central committee.
  • Also called “candidate selection committee,” these individuals vet and sometimes cast votes to endorse candidates for their respective party.
  • When a candidate is endorsed by the local party during a primary, he or she has an almost certain chance of winning election.
  • Central committee members are elected during the primary and serve two or four year terms.

The Ohio Precinct Project is a non-partisan group committed to helping regular citizens learn more about and get involved with central committee. They will be holding several informational meetings around the state over the next few months. The first meeting is June 27, in Troy, OH.

Saturday, June 27, 9AM – 12PM
Ohio Precinct Project – Southwest Regional Meeting
Location: The Crystal Room, Troy, OH
Cost: Free
Registration link: https://opptroy.eventbrite.com

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more stories with you about how citizens can make a difference by serving on central committee. In the meantime, please visit OhioPrecinctProject.com to learn more.

Cliff Rosenberger

Who is in charge of Ohio’s kids? Parents or the Ohio House.

Cliff RosenbergerWho is in charge of our kids?  The Ohio House or parents. Speaker Rosenberger thinks the politicians should have control of education decisions.

Speaking before the City Club of Cleveland Speaker Cliff Rosenberger talked about Common Core.  “In education, I have no problem talking about Common Core. Let me say this, as leaders we should not let populous movements lead the decisions we make in the state legislature or in Congress. No matter what!

We’re the ones in charge. We’re the ones that have the ability to hear from the public, but let’s remember that this is a Republic. We have the opportunity to sit and make strategic decisions that are smart for the citizens of the state…” at 14:00 min in the video below….

In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch about the tax cuts in Governor Kasich’s budget the Speaker mentioned conversations with business owners in Ohio.  “I think it’s valid what they’re saying,” Rosenberger said. “We’re sitting down with the chambers (of commerce) and these groups and saying: If you don’t like these provisions, then what is a good end point here?”

So the Speaker doesn’t think parents should have input on their kids, but business should have input on taxes?

How does the representative republic work in Ohio?

Image Source – http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/02/24/state-of-the-state-main-story.html

Frustrated Student

Action Needed on Federal HB5: No Child Left Behind Disaster

Frustrated StudentThe House of Representatives is quickly moving forward with HB5, the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, call the Student ‘Success’ Act.  This 600 page bill moves control of education further away from you and moves more control to Washington.

This bill is expected to get a vote on Wednesday.  Please call your House of Representatives member and tell them NO.  We must move control of education back to the local school boards.

Speaker Boehner is working very hard to rebrand this act as a conservative move toward more local control but the details of the bill prove that to be wrong.

Learn more about the problems with the bill at www.parentsagainstcommoncore.com.

Call your Representative and call the Speaker of the House and tell them to vote “no” on HR 5!

Rep Steve Chabot       202-225-2216

Rep Brad Wenstrup,      202-225-3164

Rep Joyce Beatty           202-225-4324

Rep Jim Jordan              202-225-2676

Rep. Robert Latta           202-225-6405

Rep Bill Johnson             202-225-5705

Rep. Bob Gibbs                202-225-6265

Speaker John Boehner   202-225-6205

Rep Marcy Kaptur          202-225-4146

Rep Michael Turner     202-225-6465

Rep Marcia Fudge      202-225-7032

Rep Pat Tiberi             202-225-5355

Rep Tim Ryan             202-225-5261

Rep David Joyce             202-225-5731

Rep Steve Stivers         202-225-2015

Rep Jim Renacci          202-225-3876

Senate

Ohio Senate Priorities. Is this the best we can do?

SenateThe Ohio Senate held a press conference setting their priorities for this session.  This is a list of priorities presented by Senate President Keith Faber.

As we have been looking at the state government, many have been disappointed in the quality of leadership coming out of Columbus.  There is a lot of tinkering at the edges and very little vision looking forward.  In the press conference, President Faber was asked about the Medicaid expansion through Obamacare in Ohio.  He said, “Medicaid has been expanded in Ohio, now the question is what to do about it.”  There is no thought of removal.  There is no consideration of a fight.  The Senate and the Ohio House consider Obamacare in Ohio a done deal.  The priorities laid out reflect the level of leadership in the Senate.

President Faber began with this overall goal of the Ohio Senate, “It should be our priority to help each Ohioan secure the opportunity and their God given potential to achieve all that they can for themselves and their families.”  No one would disagree with this goal. It is a question of how we achieve it here in Ohio.

Top Ten Themes for the Ohio Senate.

  1. Jobs and Opportunity – Welfare to work, coordinate the workforce training. STEM Tax Credits – To encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workers to stay in Ohio
  2. Small Business Tax Deduction
  3. Strengthening Ohio Schools – Local Control to local districts, illuminate costly burdens on districts that done achieve results. Testing reform with Senator Lehner (a Common Core supporter)
  4. College Affordability – 5% Senate Challenge. Reduce costs to students by 5%
  5. Protecting Ohioans – Rape statute of limitation. Powdered Caffeine. GPS tracking for violent offenders.
  6. Healthy Ohio – infant mortality, make Medicaid affordable.  “Medicaid has been expanded in Ohio, now the question is what do you do about it.”
  7. Natural Resources – Algae blooms and farm water. Energy Study Committee
  8. Reducing our tax burden – tax reform
  9. Corrections and rehabilitation – review the criminal code. Drug issues, drug prison. Supporting our Military – Offering opportunity for veterans benefits
  10. Streamlining Government – take the politicians out of government pay raises. Sunset review year to look at state agencies.

Are these the goals you would have set to make our state grow?  No mention of Common Core, one of the biggest mistakes our state has made in decades.  Student testing reform  done by a Senator who is an advocate for Common Core. No mention of the removal of Medicaid Expansion.  No mention of the illumination of the income tax, we are just going to tinker with it.  No mention of Right to Work, giving workers a choice to be in their local union.

We need leaders with the vision to tackle the big problems that Ohio faces, not nibble around the edges.

Thank you to Ohio Capital Blog for watching Columbus for us.  The videos are priceless.